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Hirundo daurica 357 

,, striolata 361 

„ nipalensis 365 

,, erythropygia 371 

„ nielanocrissa . : 379 

„ dornicella 381 

,, emini 3S3 

Table of Geographical Distribution of the Genus Hirundo (continued) 386 

Hirundo hyperythra 3S9 

badia. [No Plate.] 393 

,, semirufa 395 

gordoni. [No Plate.] 397 

,, senegalensis 399 

„ monteii'i 403 

,, euchrysea 407 

,, selateri 109 

Appendix to the Genus Hirundo Ill 

Table of Geographical Distribution of the Genus Hirundo (continued) 428 

Genus Cheramceca 431 

Cheramceca leucosternum 433 

Appendix to the Genus Cheramceca 435 

Genus Progne (with Key to Species) 437 

Progne purpurea . 439 

„ hesperia 455 

furcata 459 



Progne concolor 



,, doniinicensis 465 

„ domestica. [No Plate.] 469 

„ chalybea 473 

„ tapera 479 

Appendix to the Genus Progne 487 

Table of Geographical Distribution of the Genera Cheramceca and Progne . . . 490 

Genus Atticora (with Key to Species) 493 

Atticora fasciata 495 

cinerea 499 

tibialis 501 

nielanoleuca 503 

cyanoleuca 505 

pileata 513 

fucata 515 

Appendix to the Genus Atticora 517 

Table of Geographical Distribution of the Genus Atticora 520 

Genus Petrochelidon (with Key to Species) 523 

Petrochelidon nigricans 525 

timoriensis. [No Plate. j 529 

pyrrlionota 531 

swainsoni 555 

swainsoni erythrogastra (hybrid) 559 

fulva ... .... 561 

ruficollaris 567 

rufigula 571 

spilodera 573 

fluvicola .... 57 

ariel 585 

Appendix to the Genus Petrochelidon 589 

Table of Geographical Distribution of the Genus Petrochelidon 598 

Subfamily II. Psalidoprocnin^e (with Key to Genera) 601 

Genus Psalidoprocne (with Key to Species) 601 

Psalidoprocne holomeloena 603 



Psalidoprocne obscura 607 

chalybea. [No Plate.] 609 

nitens 611 

orientalis 613 

antinorii 615 

petiti 617 

fuliginosa 619 

pristoptera 621 

albiceps 623 

Appendix to tbe Genus Psalidoprocne 625 

Table of Geographical Distribution of the Genus Psalidoprocne 630 

Genus Stelgidoptertx (with Key to Species) 633 

Stelgidopteryx serripennis 635 

ruficollis 617 

uropygialis 651 

Appendix to the Genus Stelgidoptertx 653 

Table of Geographical Distribution of the Genus Stelgidoptertx 658 

Index 661 



Plate 65. Hirundo daurica. 











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78. Map of the Genus Hirundo. 

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80. ,, the Genera Hirundo, Cheramoeca, and Progne. 

81. ,, ,, Hirundo and Progne. 

82. „ ,, Hirundo, Progne, and Atticora. 

83. „ ,, Hirundo, Atticora, and Petrochelidon. 



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Cheramoeca lcucosternum. 



: purpurea. 




















Plate 94. Map of the Genus Progne. 

„ 95. Atticora fasciata. 

„ 96. „ cinerea. 











102. Map 


the Genera Atticora and Petrochelidon. 

103. Petrochelidon nigricans. 






swain soni. 



swainsoni erythrogastra. 



















113. Map 


the Genera Petrochelidon and Psalidoprocnc 

114. Psalidoprocnc holoinelaena. 

























123. Map of the Genus Psalidoprocnc 

125. Stelgidopteryx serripennis. 

126. ,, ruficollis. 

127. ,, uropygialis, 

128. Map of the Genus Stelgidopteryx. 
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Hirundo daurica, Linn. Mantissa Plant. App. p. 528 (1771) ; 6m. S. N. i. p. 1024 

(1788) ; Lath. Incl. Orn. ii. p. 576 (1790) ; Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 57 (1845) ; Bp. 

Consp. i. p. 338 (1850) ; Selys-Longch. Bull. Acad. B. Belg. xxii. pt. 2, p. 103 

(1855) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 159 (1885) ; Oates, Faun. Brit. 

Ind., Birds, ii. p. 282 (1890). 
Hirundo alpestris, Pall. Beis. Buss. Beichs, ii. App. no. 19 (1771-76) ; id. Zoogr. 

Bosso-Asiat. i. p. 534, pi. 30 (1811) ; Blasius, Nachtr. Nauru. V6g\ Deutschl. 

xiii. p. 209, pi. 383. fig. 3 (1860) ; Badde, Beis. Sibir., Vog. p. 280 (1863) ; Pinsch, 

Verli. z.-b. Ges. Wien, xxix. p. 150 (1879) ; Seebohm, Ibis, 1883, p. 169 ; Honieycr 

& Tancre, MT. orn. Ver. Wien, 1883, p. 83. 
Daurian Swallow, Lath. Gen. Syn. ii. pt. 2, p. 570 (1783). 
Cecropis daurica, Less. Conipl. Buff. viii. p. 498 (1837) ; Boie, Isis, 1844, p. 174 ; 

Dybowski, J. f. O. 1876, p. 192; David & Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 125 (1877, pt.). 
Cecropis alp>estris, Boie, Isis, 1844, p. 174 ; Gould, B. Asia, i. pi. 28 (1860) ; 

Dybowski, J. f. O. 1868, p. 336, 1872, p. 352,1874, p. 334, 1875, p. 244; Taczan. 

Bull. Soc. Zool. Prance, i. p. 133 (1876); Prjev. in Eowley's Orn. Misc. ii. p. 161 

(1877) ; David & Oust. Ois. Cbine, p. 125 (1878). 
IAllia alpestris, Boie, J. f. O. 1858, p. 364. 
Lillia intermedia, Hume, Str. F. v. p. 263 (1877). 
Lillia snbstriolata, Hume, Str. F. v. p. 264 (1877). 
Hirundo intermedia, Hume, Str. F. viii. p. 84 (1879). 
Hirundo snbstriolata, Hume, Str. F. viii. p. 84 (1879). 

H. uropygio rufo : pileo dorso concolore : subtus pallide rufescens, distincte striolata. 
Hah. in Siberia orientali, in terra Assaniica hibernans. 

Adult male. General colour above deep blue, the back much streaked with white when the feathers are 
disturbed ; head like the back, and not separated by a nuchal collar from the mantle ; lesser and 
median wing-coverts like the back, the greater coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills 
blackish, externally glossed with blue ; lower back and rump cinnamon-rufous, with a few blackish 
shaft-lines, very indistinct; upper tail-coverts dark blue; tail-feathers blackish, glossed slightly 
with blue ; lores blackish, whiter at base, and surmounted by a narrow line of rufous, forming a 
slight eyebrow, which expands into a broad neck-patch of ciunamon-rufous, behind the ear- 
coverts, which are dingy whitish washed with rufous and distinctly streaked with black shaft- 
streaks ; cheeks and throat also dingy whitish, with broader blackish shaft-streaks ; remainder of 

under surface pale rufous, everywhere streaked with dusky blackish shaft-lines, less marked on 
the vent and under tail-coverts, the long ones of which end in dark blue or blue-black like the 
upper tail-coverts ; sides of body and flanks washed with a little deeper rufous ; axillaries and 
under wing-coverts clear rufous, with scarcely any shaft-lines, the edge of the wing more dis- 
tinctly streaked with the latter; quills dusky below. Total length 8 - 4 inches, culmen - 4, 
wing 5 - 15, tail 4"7, tarsus O'fio. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in plumage. Total length 7T> inches, culmen 035, wing 4'75, tail 4'5, 
tarsus 055. 

Young. Duller in colour than the adult, and easily distinguished by the rufescent margins to the tips 
of the wing-coverts and secondary quills ; rump more coarsely striped than in the old birds ; ear- 
coverts nearly uniform sooty brown ; rufous colour on sides of hinder crown very dull and less 
developed than in the adults. Wing 4 - 35 inches. 

Hub. Eastern Siberia, wintering in Tibet and Mongolia, and also in Assam. 

The number of species of Asiatic Mosque-Swallows lias been a subject of discussion for 
many years, aud even now we cannot regard the present state of our knowledge with 
any great satisfaction. After several attempts on Mr. Swinboe's part to define the 
Chinese species, Mr. Allan Hume wrote a capital article on the Indian species of the 
group, aud Mr. Henry Seebohm, in 1883, made a further contribution to our knowledge 
of the subject. In 1885 we had to describe the species of the H. daurica section of 
Swallows in the ' Catalogue of Birds,' and our conclusions principally agreed with those 
of Mr. Seebohm. The year 1890 has been remarkable for a further exposition of the 
Indian species, and this took place in the Natural History Museum, Avhen Mr. E. W. 
Oates was able to lay out on the table a goodly series of specimens from the Hume 
collection, such as had never before been available for any European naturalist to work 
with. To this series of skins Mr. Seebohm brought his Japanese and Chinese examples, 
and found that Mr. Oates's conclusions were correct, and they are in the main adopted 
by Mr. Seebohm in his ' Birds of the Japanese Empire.' We have also had the 
advantage of the loan of Mr. Seebohm's specimens, and, with some slight modifications, 
we have adopted the opinion of the two naturalists above mentioned, though we still 
maintain our conviction that to draw a hard-aud-fast line between the four races of 
Oriental Mosque- Sw r allow r s is nearly impossible, so much do they grade towards each 
other both in size and colour. 

Four races may, however, be recognized, of which two are large and two small, two 
rufescent underneath and two whitish. Mr. Oates fixes the length of wing in the two 
large forms, H. striolata and H. daurica, as from 49 to 5"3 inches, and in H. nipalensis 
and II. erythropygia as from 4>5 to 4"7 inches. 

Mr. Seebohm divides the four races into two sections, relying on the coarseness 
or fineness of the streaks on the under surface, and the presence or absence of shaft- 
streaks to the rump-feathers. Thus in the first section of finely streaked birds he puts 

JEL. daurica (which, as will be noticed, he calls H. alpestris), with a wing measuring 4-9 
to 5*2 inches, and H. erythropygia, with a wing of from 4*2 to 4 - 5 inches. Then in his 
second section of coarsely streaked species he puts H. striolata, with a wing of from 49 
to 5'4 inches, and H. nipalensis, with a wing of 4'4 to 4 - 8 inches. We find that in the 
British Museum series the wing varies between 4 - 75 and 5T5 inches. 

The oldest known species of the group is undoubtedly R. dcurica, which was 
described by Linnams in the Appendix to his 'Mantissa,' from a specimen brought from 
Siberia by Laxman. There can be no doubt as to the bird intended, and Linna?us's name 
must be retained in preference to that of alpestris of Pallas, which has probably been 
resuscitated by Mr. Seebohm for the species as being better known, and therefore 
auctorum plurimorum. 

Pallas described his Hirxmdo alpestris as nesting in rocks and in caves on the Altai 
Mountains and in the other Siberian Alps, being found but rarely building in deserted 
dwellings. In his ' Zoographia,' he again gives the habitat as the Altai Mountains and 
Dauria, and he states his belief that it occurs throughout the whole mountain-region to 
Tibet and China. He describes and figures the nest, which is depicted as fixed to a 
rock ; but it was probably drawn from memory, as it does not coincide with the form of 
the nest as described by other authors. 

Messrs. Homeyer and Tancre have recorded the species from the Altai Mountains, 
and, according to Dr. Otto Finsch, it was breeding in a large colony between Urdschar 
and Bakti on the 20th of May; he again met with the species on the Irtisch Kiver, above 
Buchtarminsk, on the 16th of June. 

Dr. Dybowski records it as common throughout the whole of Dauria, and found it 
on the Amoor and in the Ussuri country, but it was not met with near Lake Baikal. 
It breeds in Dauria, and it was also found nesting in the Ussuri delta by Dr. Grabowski. 
B.adde's localities for the species were the Krimski Post, the eastern slope of the southern 
part of the Apple Mountains, and again at Argun and Blagowestchensk. 

In the British Museum are two specimens of Dr. Severtzoff's, procured by him in 
N.W. Mongolia, one being marked as from the Biver Etyr. The following account is 
given by General Prjevalski : — 

"The specimens obtained by us in S.E. Mongolia and Kan-su have hardly any black 
streaks on the rust-coloured rump, and these are scarcely perceivable. At the same 
time, the black streaks are much narrower on the underparts than is shown in Gould's 
plate, although they are somewhat wider than in C. erythropygia, Sykes, which also 
differs from the present species by the absence of all streaks on the rump and the 
Avider rust-coloured patch on the nape. 

" The Daurian Swallow is extremely common in S.E. Mongolia, Ordos, and Ala- 
shan. In Kan-su it inhabits the median and low mountain-circles, aud hardly ever 
visits the Alpine zone. It breeds on rocks, as well as in summer-houses, and even in 

"The shape of the nest is elongated-oval, about 8 or 10 inches long; the front 

portion is occupied by a narrow entrance. The eggs are pure white, five or six in 
number, and are deposited in the wider part of the nest, which is lined with hair, wool, 
and feathers. The young leave the nest about the middle of summer ; but in a single 
instance we found, on the 20th of September, in Din-juan-in, close to the Ala-shan 
Mountains, a nest with some unfledged young in it. 

" It arrives in S.E. Mongolia much later than Hirimdo gutturalis (i. e. about the 
10th of May), although in the mountains of Kalgan we once observed it on the 23rd of 
April. The first birds in Kan-su were seen on the 14th of May. The autumnal migra- 
tion takes place in the early part of September ; and on the 12th of this month we saw 
a large flock about the river Tetunga, which occupied about two hours in passing us. 
In the Ussuri country we only once observed it." 

As regards the winter habitat of this Swallow we do not know much. Mr. Seebohm 
says that it winters in Mongolia and Tibet, and we know that it goes to Assam and 
Cachar. It may even be resident here, as Mr. Hume's specimens of H. intermedia from 
Sadhyia, in Assam, were killed in June ; but these were probably early winter arrivals, 
or laggards behind the main body of northward migrants. The type of H. substriolata 
of Hume came from Cachar, and is undoubtedly R. daurica. A slight error occurs in 
Mr. Oates's book, for he considers that " two specimens from Cachar, February (types of 
Lillia substriolata, Hume)," belong to E. striolata ; but these cannot be the types of 
L. substriolata, as they were shot in February 1879, whereas Mr. Hume's bird was 
described in 1877. There was only one Cachar specimen in his collection at that date, 
and consequently it must be the typical one, which we refer without hesitation to 
S. daurica. 

The descriptions are taken from specimens in the British Museum, and the figure 
is drawn from a Daurian specimen in Mr. Seebohm's collection. 

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Cecropis striolata, Boie, Isis, 1844, p. 174 (ex Kuhl, MSS. : descr. nulla) ; Cass. Cat. 
Hirund. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 3 (1853); Swinh. P. Z. S. 1871, p. 346 ; Wa.ld. in 
Blyth's B. Burm. p. 127 (1875) ; David & Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 127 (1877. pt.). 

Hirundo striolata, Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1845) ; Temm. & Schl. Eaun. Jap. p. 33 
(1850, descr. orig.); Bp. Consp. i. p. 340 (1850); Wall. P. Z. S. 1S63, p. 485 ; 
Blyth, Ibis, 1866, p. 337 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 69, no. 801 (1869) ; Hume & 
Davison, Str. E. vi. p. 44 (1878) ; Seebohm, Ibis, 1883, p. 169 ; Vorderm. Nat. 
Tijdschr. Nederl. Ind. xlii. p. 210 (1883); Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit, Mus. x. 
p. 161 (1885) ; Oates, Eaun. Brit. Ind., Birds, ii. p. 281 (1890) ; Seebohm, Birds 
Japan. Emp. p. 143 (1890) ; Steere, List B. Philippines, p. 16 (1890). 

Hirundo daurica (nee L.), Swinh. Ibis, 1860, p. 48, 1863, p. 255. 

Lillia striolata, Hume, Str. F. v. p. 261 (1877). 

Hirundo japonica (nee T. & S.), Oates, Handb. B. Brit. Burm. i. p. 305 (1S83). 

Hirundo striolata, |3. suhstriolata (nee Hume), Seebohm, Ibis, 1883, p. 169. 

H. major: similis H. daurica et statui'a fequali, sed subtus albescens, striis pectoralibus latioribus et 
uropygio distinct! striatulato distinguenda. 

Hub. in China meridionali et in insula " Formosa " dicta : in terris Assamicis et Burmanicis usque ad 
insulas Philippinas et ad eas "Java" et " Mores " dictas. 

Adult male (type of species). General colour above dark purplish blue, the back perceptibly streaked 
with white where the white bases to the feathers show through ; lesser and median wing-coverts 
like the back ; greater coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills black, washed with 
purplish blue externally ; lower back and rump light chestnut-rufous, with narrow blackish 
shaft-lines, not very distinct ; upper tail-coverts purplish blue with rufous bases ; tail-feathers 
black washed with purplish blue ; head like the back, with a few streaks of rufous on the hind 
neck ; no rufous on base of forehead ; loral plumes dusky with whitish bases, surrounded by a 
narrow streak of rufous ; from behind the eye a triangular patch of dull chestnut, extending on 
the sides of the neck, but not meeting behind the nape ; ear-coverts dingy fulvous, with blackish 
shaft-streaks ; cheeks and under surface of body whitish, more silky white on the throat and 
a little deeper buff on the sides of the body; all the under surface from the chin to the vent 
streaked with distinct blackish centres to the feathers, broader on the throat and breast ; under 
tail-coverts f ulvescent, with broad and conspicuous tips of blue-black ; under wing-coverts and 
axillaries pale fulvescent, with narrow shaft-lines of black, the outer coverts more strongly 
mottled with blackish central markings; quills dusky below, more ashy along the edge of the 
inner web. Total length 70 inches, culmen 035, wing 5'05, tail 4, tarsus 06. 



Adult female. Does not differ from the male in colour. Total length 7 inches, wing 5'1, tail 3-67, 
tarsus 0'65. 

Hab. From Java and Flores, north to the Burmese countries, Southern China and Formosa. 

This species is as large as R. daurica, having the wing from 4 - 65 to 53 inches, but it is 
much whiter below, more coarsely streaked, and has distinct black shaft-lines to the 
rufous feathers of the lower back and rump. It was originally described from Java, 
where we suspected that it would be only a winter visitant, but Dr. Vorderman states 
that it breeds at Batavia. Mr. Wallace also procured the species in the island of Flores. 
During the Steere Expedition to the Philippines, Mr. Moseley shot two specimens in the 
islands of Luzon and Masbate at the end of April. Our next habitat for the species is 
the island of Formosa, where, according to Mr. Swinhoe, it abounds in every homestead. 

The species is doubtless found throughout Southern China, and it possibly migrates 
to Assam, as Mr. J. R. Oripps procured a specimen at Dibrughur in November. Two 
examples were procured in the Karen Hills in January, by Major Wardlaw Ramsay, at 
a height of 3000 feet, and the same naturalist also obtained a specimen at Karen-nee on 
the 29th of March, at a height of 2G00 feet. 

Swinhoe thus describes the nesting of the species in Formosa : — 

" On taking possession of our native house at Tamsuy, I observed a nest of this 
Swallow under the rafters in the central hall. It was exteriorly built of specks of mud, 
like the nests of the Martin, but had a neck-like entrance, giving the whole the form of 
a French flask, flattened against the roof; the inside was lined amply with feathers'. 
Pallas's figure gives a very good idea of its structure. The mouth, however, does not 
always point upwards, but is adapted in form and direction to the shape of the spot 
against which it is placed. At the close of March the pair to which the nest belonged 
returned, and in April began to repair the old nest. Towards the close of this month 
the female was sitting on three white, unspotted eggs. The male and female share 
the duties of incubation, the female usually taking the longest spell. For the sake of 
science, we let the birds have their own way, though they made a great mess about our 
small house, and nearly drove us wild with their loud discordant twittering. 

" In a ramble one spring morning, at dawn, I saw large numbers of these Swallows 
perching on some high bamboos. The sun was fast dispelling the thick night-fog that 
still bung low and heavy, and the birds seemed in high spirits at the return of fine 
weather. They fluttered from branch to branch, and as they regained a footing, rocked 
backwards and forwards before recovering their balance. It was in April, and they 
were all paired, the male being always distinguishable by his larger size and longer 
tail. In pairs they sang, or rather twittered, their notes kee-wee-kee, like sounds that 
might be produced by some metal instrument sadly out of tune. The male loudly 
sang his bar, and the female followed in a lower key. The male then fluttered his 
wings and began again; the female followed suit. In this way the whole clump 

of tall, graceful bamboos looked alive with these birds, and resounded with their strange 
notes. Some pairs would start away and pursue one another, at first, with a smooth, 
skimming flight ; tben in an excited manner they would stagger along and, fluttering 
their wings, sing lustily their notes of love." 

The description is copied from the British Museum ' Catalogue of Birds,' and is 
drawn up from the typical specimen in the Leyden Museum. The Plate represents a 
very strongly marked individual from Karen-nee in the Tweeddale collection. The 
majority of the specimens examined are whiter underneath, and have not such a pro- 
nounced black patch on the ear-coverts. 


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Hirundo nipalensis, Hodgs. Icon.ined. iu Brit. Mas., Passeres, pi. vi. fig. l(no. .329); 

id. J. A. S. Beng. v. p. 7S0 (1836); id. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 82 (3 814) ; Hume 

& Davison, Str. F. vi. p. 14 (1878) ; Hume, Str. F. viii. p. 84 (1879) ; Scully, t. c. 

p. 233 ; Bingham, Str. F. ix. p. 148 (1880) ; Hume, t, c. p. 216 ; Oates, Handb. 

B. Br. Burm. i. p. 306 (1883) ; Sharpe, Cat, Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 160 (18S5) ; 

Hume, Str. F. xi. p. 27 (1888) ; Salvad. Ann. Mus. Civ. Genov. (2) v. p. 576 

(1888) ; Oates, ed. Hume's Nests & Eggs Ind. B. ii. p. 195 (1890) ; id. Faun. Brit, 

Ind., Birds, ii. p. 282 (1890). 
Hirundo daurica (nee L.), Gray, Cat. Fissir. Brit. Mus. p. 23 (1818) ; Blyth, Cat. 

B. Mus. As. Soc. p. 198 (1819) ; Horsf. & Moore, Cat. B. Mus. E. I. Co. i. p. 92 

(1851, pt.) ; Swinli. Ibis, 1861, p. 328 ; Jerd. B. Ind. i. p. 160 (1862, pt.) ; Swinh. 

Ibis, 1863, pp. 89, 255 ; id. P. Z. S. 1863, p. 287 ; id. Ibis, 1870, p. 90 ; Beavan, 

Ibis, 1865, p. 105 ; Tytler, Ibis, 1868, p. 196 ; Pelz. t. c. p. 307 ; Brooks, Ibis, 

1869, p. 16; Beavan, t. c. p. 401; Hume, Str. F. ii. p. 168 (1871). 
Hirundo alpestris japonica, Temra. & Schl. Faun. Japon., Aves, p. 33, pi. 11 

Hirundo japonica, Bp. Consp. i. p. 340 (1850) ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 69, no. 809 

(1869) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 162 (1885). 
Cecropis japonica, Cass. Cat. Hirund. Philad. Mus. p. 4 (1853) ; Swinh. P. Z. S. 

1871, p. 436; id. Ibis, 1874, p. 316 ; Blakist. Amended List B. Japan, pp. 25, 48 

(1884) ; Tristr. Ibis, 1885, p. 194. 
Hirundo erythropygia (nee Sykes), Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 69, no. 806 (1869, pt.) ; 

Cock & Marsh. Str. F. i. p. 350 (1873) ; Hume, Str. F. iii. p. 318 (1875) ; Godw.- 

Aust. J. A. S. Beng. xlv. pt. 2, p. 68 (1876); Cripps, Str. F. vii. p. 76 (1878) ; 

Bingham, Str. F. viii. p. 192 (1879). 
Cecropis daurica (nee L.), Jerd. Ibis, 1871, p. 352; Tacz. P. Z. S. 1887- p. 599, 

1888, p. 462. 
Cecropis arctivitta, Swinh. P. Z. S. 1871, p. 346. 
Lillia daurica (nee L.), Hume, Nests & Eggs Ind. B. p. 78 (1873). 
Cecropis nipalensis, Hume, Str. F. iii. p. 42 (1875). 
Hirundo {Cecropis) nipalensis, Brooks, Str. F. iii. p. 230 (1S75). 

Cecropis eryihropygia (nee Sykes), Blytk, B. Burrn. p. 127 (1875) ; Blakist. & Pryer, 

B. Japan, p. 139 (1878). 
Lillia arctivitta, Hume, Str. E. v. pp. 261, 266 (1877). 
Lillia japonica, Hume, Str. E. v. p. 261 (1877). 
Lillia nipalensis, Hume, Str. E. v. p. 262 (1877). 
Hirundo arctivitta, Oates, Hanclb. B. Br. Burin, i. p. 306 (1883). 
Hirundo alpestris, |3. nipalensis, Seebokm, Ibis, 1883, p. 169. 
Mirundo alpestris, Seebokm, Birds of Japan. Emp. p. 142 (1890). 
Hirundo alpestris nipalensis, Seebokm, t. c. p. 113 (1890). 

H. similis H. dauricee et subtus paullo rufescens, sed rnulto minor, ala breviore : subtus distincte striata. 

Hab. in insulis Japonicis et in China, in montibus Himalayanis : in peninsula Indica et in regione 
Indo-Burmanica tota hibernans. 

Adult male. General colour above dark purplish blue, streaked with white where the white bases show 
through; the wing-coverts like the back; bastard- wing, primary-coverts, and quills blackish, 
glossed externally witli steel-blue ; rump and upper tail-coverts cinnamon-rufous, with distinct 
narrow black shaft-lines, the long coverts dark purplish blue, with light rufous bases ; tail- 
feathers black, glossed with steel-blue ; crown of head dark purplish blue like the back ; over the 
eye a few rufous feathers ; sides of the hinder crown deep rufous, converging towards the nape, 
but not forming a distinct collar, the nape-plumes being blue edged with rufous; lores whitish, 
tipped with dusky; ear-coverts smoky brown, slightly tinged with rufous and broadly streaked 
with dusky brown ; cheeks and throat dull white, broadly streaked with blackish, more distinctly 
on the latter ; remainder of the under surface pale rufescent buff, very distinctly streaked with 
black ; sides of upper breast purplish blue ; thighs rather white ; under tail-coverts like the 
abdomen, the lower ones blue-black with pale rufescent bases and black shaft-lines ; lateral under 
tail-coverts white, with black shaft-lines and a distinct oval spot of blue-black near the tip ; 
axillaries and under wing-coverts rufescent buff, all with distinct black shaft-lines, broader on 
the outer under wing-coverts ; quills below dusky, paler along the inner web : " bill black ; feet 
dusky ; claws black ; iris blackish brown " (J. Scully) . Total length 7"4 inches, culmen 0"4, 
wing 4 - 55, tail 4, tarsus - 65. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour. Total length 7'3 inches, culmen 035, wing 4 - 5, tail 3 - 7, 
tarsus 0"6. 

Young. Differs from the adult in its duller blue plumage, and in having narrow whitish edges to the 
inner secondaries: " bill black, the base of the lower mandible and gape fleshy yellow; feet 
dusky brownish ; claws yellow ; iris brownish black " (J. Scully) . 

Hab. Southern Islands of Japan, China, Himalaya Mountains. Wintering in the Peninsula of India 
and the Burmese countries. 

In this species the lengtk of tke wing varies from 4 - 3 to 4/75 and even 4 # 8 inckes, so 
that in this respect it attains to tke dimensions of H. daurica, from which, indeed, it 
is difficult to separate the species specifically. The streakings of tke underparts are 

sometimes almost as strongly indicated as those of H. striolata, while the slightly 
rufescent colouring of the under surface allies it to H. daurica. It can, indeed, only 
be considered a small race of the latter species, though some examples are as pale below 
as M. striolata. 

It w r as first discovered by Mr. Hodgson in Nepal. lie says that it is " the Swallow 
of the Central Region, a household creature, remaining for seven or eight months in 
the year." Dr. Scully also writes : — "This Swallow is even more common in the valley 
of Nepal than H. rustica, and is much more familiar in its habits than that species, 
constantly flying about houses and often entering into the room. It lives in the valley 
for about eight months in the year, migrating to lower levels in winter. It was not 
uncommon in the Nawakot district about the eud of November. 

" This species breeds in the valley from April to the end of July, some birds 
certainly producing two broods in the season. The nests are made of pellets of fine 
light-coloured clay, and are usually fixed between the rafters of verandahs or of rooms 
which are little used. The shape of the nest is a rather irregular half-retort ; the 
entrance being long and narrow. The usual number of eggs laid is four, and these rest 
on a beautiful cushion of soft feathers — often those of the Ohikore, Black Partridge, and 
Pigeon. The eggs are well known ; pure delicate white, in shape long oval, smaller at 
one end." 

It likewise occurs throughout the Western Himalayas, though Mr. Brooks did not 
observe it in Kashmir. At Murree it breeds, and, according to Colonel C. H. T. Marshall, 
it is the " House-Swallow " of the place. He found eggs in June. Stoliczka found it at 
Nachar in the Sutlej Valley, and Mr. Hume states that it is far from rare there. It 
nested regularly at Rothney Castle, Mr. Hume's beautiful house at Simla ; and Captain 
Beavan writes : — " Noticed at Simla about the end of April, now and then about the 
house, as if in quest of a place to build in ; but apparently it does not build until much 
later. I observed this species at Simla up to Sept. 15th, when I noticed that it was 
almost the only species visible, and still common." 

Mr. Brooks records this Swallow as common both at Nynee Tal and Almora, as well 
as at Binsur, which is twelve miles further north than Almora. Specimens from 
Mussoorie are in the Hume collection, and Mr. Brooks records it as met with on the 
march from Mussoorie to Gangaotri. Between Simla and Mussoorie, Colonel Tytler also 
says that the species was common and at considerable heights. 

In the winter it is met with in the plains of India, and Mr. Hume's collection con- 
tains specimens from Oudh and Etawah ; it has been met with as far south as Mam- 
bhoom, where Captain Beavan found it " tolerably common." 

Mandelli procured the species in the Bhutan Dooars in April, and there are speci- 
mens in the Hume collection from this locality, as well as others from Faridpur in 
Eastern Bengal, obtained by Mr. J. B. Cripps, while Mr. Inglis procured it at Dilkusha 
in Cachar. Colonel Godwin- Austen has specimens from the Dafla Hills. Mr. Hume 
writes : — " Though not common, I met with this occasionally both in the hills and plains 


of Manipur. I found this species about Karimganj in Sylhet, and have received it from 
N.E. Cachar, but (though it doubtless occurs) from no other place in the valley of 
Assam." Mr. Hume considered that he also obtained II. japonica and II. substriolata 
in Manipur, but all his specimens must be referred to H. nipalensls. Major Wardlaw 
Ramsay procured an example in the Karen Hills in March. Specimens from Pegu are 
in the British Museum, and Mr. Oates says that it is found in winter over the whole of 
British Burmah and is the only Swallow which is common. In Tenasserim it is 
sparingly distributed in suitable localities. Mr. Davison says : — " I only saw these 
Swallows in the extreme north and south of the province. They affect open grassy 
slopes, and these are not common elsewhere." Mr. Davison's localities for the species 
are : — Pahpoon, Moulmein, Pakchan, Bankasun, and Malewun. Fea met with it at 
Kaukaryit. According to Dr. Tiraud it is found also in Cochin China. 

As far as we know, the present species is spread over the greater part of China. 
Dr. McKinlay has sent it from Shanghai, and Mr. Swinhoe has procured it at Amoy and 
Chefoo. He states that it breeds in China, and he believes that it inhabits Hainan also. 
The following is his note on the species : — " A few passing flocks speud a day or two in 
Amoy during winter. It is found in the extreme north of China as a resident only ; 
but in the south, where the winter climate is more genial, it stays all the year, roaming 
about in small parties during the cool weather, and merely shifting its haunts from 
exposed to sheltered localities according to the severity of the season. In Southern 
China it is by no means so common as the Chimney-Swallow, and far more locally 
distributed." The Tweeddale collection has likewise two specimens from the Island of 

Mr. Swinhoe separated the Pekin bird as H. arctivitta, hut we cannot allow that 
this is different from II. nipalensls. It is a summer visitant to the north of China, but 
was frequently seen in flocks by Mr. Swinhoe in August and September. 

In Japan it is, according to Mr. Seebohm, " a summer visitant to the southern 
islands, but has not yet been recorded from Yezo." There are four skins in the Pryer 
collection from Yokohama. Messrs. Blakiston and Pryer have given the following note 
in their ' Birds of Japan ' : — " It is common about Tokio, where it builds a long bottle- 
shaped nest under the eaves of buildings. Eggs six ; white. Not yet found in Yezo. 
Specimen in Hakodate Museum from Tokio ; specimens also in the museum there. It 
has only lately been discovered at Yokohama, although there have long been many 
suitable places for it to breed. The first was noticed in 1878." Captain Blakiston says 
that, to his surprise, he also once observed this Swallow on the 23rd of January. It has 
also been found in Corea by Dr. Kalinowski. 

With regard to its nesting-habits in India, we quote the following from Mr. Oates's 
edition of Mr. Hume's well-known work on the ' Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds ' : — ■ 

"This, the larger of our Indian Mosque-Swallows, although visiting during the cold 
season the plains of India, breeds, so far as I know, exclusively in the Himalayas — I 
mean, of course, within our limits. 

" It is very familiar about the houses of most of our hill-stations, hut I think that it 
constructs its nest by preference under the eaves and in the verandahs of empty houses 
and staging bungalows, which are seldom in the hills occupied for many successive days 
in any month. At the same time its nest is often to be seen under projecting ledges of 
cliffs, and occasionally, where these occur, in ruined buildings. 

"The breeding-time, according to my experience, is from April to August; but I 
have taken a dozen eggs in July to one in any other month. The nests are very similar 
to those of its plains congener, long and retort-shaped, very neatly built with clay pellets, 
as a rule very warmly lined first with grass or fibres and fine roots, and then with 
various-sized feathers, of which there is often quite a large bunch. They average, how- 
ever, much larger than those of H. erythropygia, and one I recently measured had the 
tubular entrance 13 inches in length and the chamber more than 7 inches in diameter 

" Mr. Brooks remarks : — ' The nest is always a half-retort, fixed to the underside 
of an overhanging rock or cave, generally with only one entrance ; but a friend of mine, 
Mr. Home, gives me an account of one fixed to one of the verandah rafters of a house 
wdiere the nest has two entrances. 

" ' In the hills about Almora I found the nest several times, sometimes in open 
exposed places, at other times where the rocks were overgrown with wood. The eggs 
resemble those I took in the plains. The plains bird does not breed till the hot winds 
are over, at the end of June or beginning of July; but in the hills I found eggs nearly 
hatched in May. Others at Binsur, Mr. Ilorne informs me, have only just laid in the 
middle of July, when I write. The hill-bird breeding in the verandahs of houses, as 
well as in eaves, accords with the habit of the Chinese bird, which Mr. Swinhoe remarks 
' breeds under the roof-tops.' ' 

" Captain Hutton says : — ' This is the common Swallow of the Boon and hills, 
arriving in the latter locality in March, and building its retort-shaped nest of mud 
beneath the eaves of houses, against window-frames, at the side of verandah beams, and 
other suitable situations ; the lining is of feathers. Some eggs taken on the 29th of 
May were hard-set, but other broods were still earlier, as a nest placed against the 
window of my room had then contained young ones for some days previously. During 
the heavy mists of the rainy season these nests often fall by their own weight from the 
quantity of moisture imbibed. 

" '"When far removed from houses, these birds resort to lofty rocks, beneath the 
ledges of which the nest is placed. Its shape is flatfish hemispherical, with some varia- 
tion, being at times more globose, with a lung neck forming the entrance passage, and 
thus giving the nest a retort shape. When the bird has selected the spot on which it 
intends to build, it usually deposits a white chalky substance, by way of cement, against 
the wall or beam as the case may be, as an adhesive foundation for the subsequent wall 
of mud. Without this precaution the weight of the material w r ould cause it to part 
from its foundation. This same whitish earth may also be seen in the narrow neck of 


the nest, more especially at the mouth, where strength is required to resist the constant 
ahrasion that would otherwise ensue from the frequent entrance and exit of the bird. 
Generally speaking, this chalky cement is applied to any part that may from circum- 
stances appear to require strengthening, as it likewise gives consistency to the mud. 
Sometimes, if the situation affords sufficient room, the long neck projects in a straight 
line from the body of the nest, hut where the space is confined, or an obstacle interposes, 
the neck is turned off at an angle, and in such cases there is pretty sure to be a layer of 
the chalky cement at the point of deviation from the previous direction. When, how- 
ever, the material is of a sufficient consistency to be adhesive without the cement, none 
is applied. In the construction of the nest the mud is laid on in small rounded lumps, 
which gives a rude and knotty appearance to the surface. The lining is abundant and 
is composed of fine grass and feathers. 

" ' There are frequently two broods from the same nest in the same season, the first 
in the end of May and beginning of June, the other in July and August. The birds 
that built against my window reared one brood in June, and, as soon as the young were 
able to fly, they were escorted by the old birds during the day and were initiated in the 
art of fly-catching, returning to the nest about sunset or earlier if the rain was heavy. 
This continued for about ten days, when the young birds disappeared, and the old ones 
laid aqain in the same nest towards the end of Julv.' 

" The late Captain Beavan mentions that he ' found a nest which was built in the 
verandah of the dak bungalow at Eagoo on the 2nd August, I860. It was then hut just 
finished, and the female had not yet begun to lay her eggs. The nest is like that of 
H. rustica, made of mud, but has a funnel-shaped entrance, some 4 or 5 inches in length, 
continued from the top of the nest along the angle caused by the meeting of the wall 
and the roof. The female keeps inside the nest, and from the continued twittering 
which she made when visited by the male, I thought at first that the nest contained 
young; and it was not until I drove her out that I discovered my mistake.' 

" The eggs of this species are similar to those of H. erythropygia, except that they 
are slightly larger. They are long ovals, slightly compressed towards one end, pure 
white, the shell of exquisite fineness, and somewhat, but not very, glossy. 

" In length they vary from - 81 to OS9 inch, and in breadth from 0"55 to 0*6 inch, 
but the average is - 85 to 055 inch." 

The descriptions are copied from the British Museum ' Catalogue.' The specimen 
figured is in the Hume collection. The drawing, taken by Mr. Wyatt during his visit 
to the Himalayas, represents the snows of Nepal and Mount Everest. 



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Hirundo erythropygia, Sykes, P. Z. S. 1832, p. 83 ; Jercl. Madr. Journ. xi. p. 237 
(1840) ; Blyth, Ibis, 1866, pp. 237, 337 ; G. King, J. A. S. Beng. xxxvii. pt. 2, 
p. 215 (1868) ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 09, no. 806 (1869) : Brooks, Ibis, 1869, 
p. 16; Blanf. J. A. S. Beng. xxxviii. p. 172 (1869); Blyth, Ibis, 1870, p. 161; 
Blanf. J. A. S. Beng. xl. p. 27 (1871) ; Stoliczka, op. cit, xli. p. 231 (1872) ; 
Adam, Str. F. i. p. 370 (1873) ; Brooks, J. A. S. Beng. xliii. pt. 2, p. 213 (1871) ; 
id. Str. E. iii. p. 230 (1875) ; Aitken, t. c. p. 212 ; Hume, t. c. p. 318 ; Butler, 
t. c. p. 451; Wald. Ibis, 1876, p. 33S ; Butler, Str. E. v. p. 226(1877) ; Davidson 
& Wenden, Str. E. vii. p. 76 (1878) ; Murray, t. c. p. 113 ; Legge, B. Ceylon, 
p. 591 (1879) ; Hume, Str. F. viii. p. 81 (1879) ; Butler, Cat. B. Sind, &c. p. 10 
(1879) ; id. Cat. B. S. Bomb. Pres. p. 14 (1880) ; Wardlaw Bamsay, Ibis, 1880, 
p. 48 ; Vidal, Str. E. ix. p. 43 (1880) ; Butler, t. c. p. 377 ; Beid, Str. E. x. p. 18 
(1881) ; Davidson, t. c. p. 292 (1882) ; Davison, t. c. p. 315 (1883) ; Seebohm, 
Ibis, 1883, p. 169 ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 164 (1885) ; Taylor, 
Str. F. x. p. 457 (1887) ; Terry, t. c. p. 469 ; Oates, ed. Hume's Nests & Eggs 
Ind. B. ii. p. 197 (1890) ; id. Faun. Brit. Ind., Birds, ii. p. 283 (1890) ; Seebohm, 
B. Japan. Emp. p. 143 (1890). 

Hirundo daurica (nee Pall.), Blyth, Cat. B. Mus. As. Soc. p. 198 (1S49, pt.) ; 
Layard, Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. xii. p. 170 (1853) ; id. & Kelaart, Prodr. Cat. 
App. p. 5S (1853) ; Cass. Cat, Hirund. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 4 (1853) ; Horsf. & 
Moore, Cat, B. E.I. Co. Mus. i. p. 92 (1854, pt.) ; Jerd. B. Ind. i. p. 160 (1862, 
pt.) ; Bulger, P. Z. S. 1866, p. 568 ; Holdsw. P. Z. S. 1872, p. 419 ; Murray, 
Vertebr. Faun. Sind, p. 103 (1884). 

Cecropis daurica, Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 4 (1853). 

Cecropis erythropygia, Gould, B. Asia, i. pi. 29 (186S) ; Jerd. Ibis, 1871, p. 352 ; 
Blyth, B. Barm. p. 127 (1875) ; Eairb. Str, E. iv. p. 254 (1876). 

Lillia erylhropjygia, Hume, Nests & Eggs Ind. B. p. 76 (1873) ; id. Str. F. v. p. 255 

77. similis H. claurica, scd multo minor : subtus albicans : striis pectoralibus obsoletis distinguenda. 

Hab. in peninsula Indica, 

Adult male. General colour above deep purplish blue, with white striations where the bases of the 
feathers show through ; the wing-coverts like the back ; quills blackish, externally glossed with 
dull blue ; rump and upper tail-coverts deep ferruginous, the longer coverts deep purplish blue ; 


tail-feathers blackish glossed with dull blue ; crown of head like the back, from which it is 
almost separated by a nuchal collar of deep ferruginous, the sides of the hinder crown and sides 
of the neck being of the latter colour and converging on to the nape, the nuchal collar being 
only interrupted by a few dark-blue plumes in the form of spots ; a narrow frontal line and a 
streak over the eye deep ferruginous ; lores whitish, tipped with dusky ; ear-coverts pale rufous 
with dusky shaft-streaks ; cheeks, throat, and under surface of body whitish, slightly marked 
with fulvous on the breast and flanks; the whole of the underparts narrowly streaked with dusky 
blackish shaft-lines, disappearing on the under tail-coverts, the long ones of which are deep blue- 
black with whitish bases ; under wing-coverts and axillaries rather deeper fulvous than the breast, 
with nearly obsolete dusky shaft-lines, which are, however, more plainly developed on the small 
wing-coverts near the edge of the wing ; quills dusky below, paler along the edge of the inner 
web : " bill, legs, and feet black ; iris brown" (W. V. Legge). Total length 6"2 inches, culmen 
0-35, wing 4'45, tail 8*1, tarsus 0-5. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour. Total length 6-0 inches, culmen 04, wing 4-25, tail 2-05, 
tarsus 05. 

Had. The greater part of the Indian Peninsula and Ceylon. 

This is the smallest of the four Indian Mosque -Swallows, and is distinguished not only 
by its lesser dimensions, the wing not exceeding 45 inches, but by its pale under surface 
and the narrow striations of the breast, which, as Mr. Oates remarks, are hardly broader 
than the shafts of the feathers themselves. 

It is the Swallow of the plains of India, and does not extend its range into the 
Himalayas, where its place is taken by S. nlpalensis. Mr. Brooks says that in Kashmir 
he found it as far up as Chungus on the Tami River. A specimen from Naoshera, 
obtained on the 6th of May, is in the Hume collection. According to Colonel Butler 
it is found in Sind, ditch, Kathiawar, Gujarat, and Mount Aboo. " Rare in the plains 
in the hot weather. Common in the cold weather throughout the region, except Sind, 
where it is rare." A specimen procured by Mr. Murray at Sehwan on the 15th of 
December is in the Hume collection, and he also procured it at Lakki. In Cutch it is 
very common, according to Dr. Stoliczka, "A few birds," writes Colonel Butler, 
"remain in Deesa the whole year, but most of them retire to the hills during the hot 
weather, leaving about the 30th of April, and returning about the 25th of June. It is 
not very common near the Southern Lake, but breeds there." 

He also observes : — " Very abundant at Aboo, where it breeds during the rains in 
June and July, fixing its curious retort-shaped nest usually to the roof of a cave, and 
laying two or three pure white eggs. I am doubtful whether it occurs in the plains 
during the hot weather, but I am inclined to think it does not. My opinion is that 
most of them pass the hot weather on the hills, where they abound at that season, and 
breed in the rains, returning to the low country again about the end of September, soon 
after which they disappear entirely on the hills, and become very common all over 
the plains." 

In the Hume collection are specimens from Agra (June), Buntlelkund (Dec. 8), 
and Etawah (December), and the Tweeddale collection contains an example from Delira 
Doon. Dr. King also met with it in Kumaun Bhahur on the 2nd of March. 

Mr. George Beid writes in his paper on the birds of the Lucknow Civil Division : — 
" The Bed-rumped or Mosque Swallow is probably a permanent resident, though it is 
only in the cold weather that it is at all abundant, the majority migrating to breed 
either in the hills or in suitable localities in the plains, though I do not see why 
Lucknow should not suit it as well as most places. A few most likely do breed in the 
old mosques and minarets about the city, but on every occasion I have either failed to 
find their nests or to see the birds. 

" During the cold weather, as already remarked, it is, however, very common about 
Lucknow, frequenting the deep cutting known as Hyder Ali's Canal, as well as the 
mosques and minarets in the city, in vast numbers. In the district I have occasionally 
come across great flocks basking in the sun on the ground, generally in ploughed fields, 
and sanding themselves like Sparrows ; while at other times I have seen them on the 
telegraph wires, sitting in rows and keeping lip an incessant chattering or twittering. 
They occasionally perch on bare trees, and probably pass the night in mango topes in 
the absence of more suitable nesting-places. In no other way can I account for their 
presence in localities, remote even from villages, where I have seen them often in great 
numbers at the break of day." 

Mr. B. H. Hodgson procured this species in Behar. Mr. Brooks has the following 
note: — " H. erythropygia breeds near Chunar, and in most places in the North-west 
Provinces where there are old buildings or quarries suitable. The eggs are laid at the 
commencement of the rains.''" The Hume collection contains specimens from Mogul- 
serai (November) and Dinapur (December), obtained by Mr. Brooks, and another from 
the neighbourhood of Calcutta. Mr. W. T. Blanford noticed it in the Wardha Valley, 
and he also writes : — 

" On February 23, close to Wun, in South-eastern Berar, I saw an immense flock 
of these Swallows flying about one spot on the ground and constantly alighting. There 
was no flight of winged ants or termites to attract them, and they might have been 
preparing to migrate, or resting during migration. I frequently met with this species 
near Nagpur." 

Dr. Jerdon's note is as follows : — " This Swallow in general prefers the proximity 
of jungles. I saw it in Goomsoor, in the jungles round the Neilgherries, and also on 
the summit of the hills, in various other parts of the west coast and in the Carnatic, at 
the Tapoor pass. In the northern part of the tableland, however, I have seen it 
occasionally in the cold weather only, both in the neighbourhood of water and on dry 
open plains." 

In Western Khandesh Mr. Davidson records this species as a permanent resident, 
common throughout the district and breeding in the rains ; and, according to Messrs. 
Davidson and Wenden, it is common and breeds in the Deccan. 


The species was first named by Colonel Sykes, who writes : — " This species appeared 
in millions in two successive years in the month of March on the parade-ground at 
Poona ; they rested a clay or two only, and w r ere never seen in the same numbers 

Colonel Butler states that it is a resident throughout the Southern Bombay 
Presidency and common throughout the region. 

In the South Konkan, according to Mr. Vidal, it is common and generally distri- 
buted, breeding in the hot weather on the cliffs and under eaves of houses. 

The Bev. S. B. Fairbank procured the present species near Ahmednuggnr in 
November, and Mr. Taylor says that he found it fairly common in the hill tracts of 
Manzeerabad in Mysore. 

Mr. W. Davison states that this species is abundant on the Nilghiris, and is a 
resident, breeding in the same places as Hirundo javanica, fixing its nest against the 
roof of some deserted building or under some shelving rock, the nest, of course, being 
retort- shaped. They generally breed several together, but not always, and sometimes 
three or four nests are joined together. 

This species is common not only on the Nilghiris and their slopes, but also occurs 
commonly through the Wynaad and the Mysore country abutting on the Nilghiris. 
Captain Terry states that it w<as noticed by him at Pulungi in the Palani Hills in 

Colonel Vincent Legge writes : — " This little Swallow only finds a place in the 
avifauna of Ceylon as a straggler, and but two instances of its occurrence in the 
island have been brought to my notice. Layard, the first to get it in Ceylon, writes 
thus concerning it : — ' I found one of these birds in the village of Pt. Pedro in December; 
it had probably been driven over from the opposite coast by stress of weather ; it w T as 
hawking about the street. I fired at and wounded it, but it flew away. Next day it 
was again in the same place, and I succeeded in killing it.' At this season of the 
year the north wind, styled at Colombo the 'longshore wind,' brings many Indian 
birds to our shores, and doubtless was the means of driving the present species 
southward of its natural habitat ; but as it is an inhabitant of the Nilghiris and 
other parts of the south of India, it is strange that it does not more frequently visit 
Ceylon. In the second instance it was procured by Mr. Bligh on the Catton Estate in 
April 1877." 

The following account of the nesting-habits of the present species is copied from 
Mr. Oates's edition of Hume's ' Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds ' : — 

" Sykes's Striated Swallow, which is, as a rule, a permanent resident of the plains, 
breeds, according to my experience, from April to August. 

" Typically the nest, which is usually affixed to the under surface of some ledge of 
rock, or the roof of some cave or building, and which is constructed of fine pellets of mud 
or clay, consists of a narrow tubular passage, like a white-ant gallery on a large scale, say 
some 2 inches in diameter, and from 1 to 10 inches in length, terminating in a bulb-like 

chamber from 4i to 7 iuclies in diameter externally. These nests have been aptly 
described as retort-shaped, and I do not think any lengthy description will convey a 
clearer idea of the typical shape. They are not always, however, of this shape. Indeed 
(though I am bound to say I cannot agree with him) Mr. F. Ft. Blewitt, who has 
probably taken more of their nests than any one else in India, is disposed to believe that 
the long retort-shaped nests are commonly built as residences, and the less-developed 
ones as breeding-places. He says :— ' Eccentric to a degree is this Swallow in the 
selection of a suitable place for its nest. I have obtained it on the ground, at the base 
of a rock, having for protection just a small overhanging ledge ; in a hole in any old 
wall ; affixed to the roof-top of a pucka house ; to the under ledge of a high rock ; the 
arch of a culvert or bridge, &c. ; but never, though they may occur there, ' in mosques 
and pagodas ; ' and ' twenty and thirty together,' as stated in Jerdon. I have always 
found the nest single. The form and material of the nest depend mainly on the locality 
chosen for it. Sometimes a simple collection of feathers answers the purpose ; at others, 
as when attached to a roof-top, ledge of rock, &c, it is more or less dome-shaped, the 
exterior of fine clay, the inside lined with feathers. The opening for egress and ingress 
is invariably made above the centre of the nest. Frequently have I seen the ' spherical 
or oval-shaped mud nest with the long neck or tubular entrance,' described by Jerdon, 
but only once with eggs in it. This peculiar-shaped nest is also constructed at times 
by S. filifera, and from frequent observations I have sometimes fancied that it is 
intended more for a winter residence than for breeding purposes. I have recently 
observed many of both species actively employed in the construction of these nests, long 
after the breeding-season was well over. In the beginning of August I robbed a nest of 
H. erythropygia, found attached to the roof of an outhouse : and in the identical place 
from whence I had removed the former nest, the same pair of birds have now nearly 
completed a new nest, ' oval-shaped, with the tubular entrance,' for, as I suppose, a 
winter retreat. The birds only occupy it at night. The eggs are pure white, and four 
appears to be the greatest number.' 

" During the breeding-season the old birds fly round about their nest, morning 
and evening, uttering quite a variety of rather pretty, somewhat musical notes. During 
the day they remain near, and one of them generally in the nest, or the pair may be 
seen perched on some stone below the nest, sitting for an hour at a time preening their 
feathers, the male every now and then singing a few notes. Old quarries, like those 
near Futtehpore Sikri and Chunar, are favourite breeding-haunts of this species ; and 
so are the old Moslem ruins that abound so in Upper India. 

" The nest-chamber is lined, sometimes thickly, sometimes thinly, with feathers 
only, as a rule, but occasionally with a mixture of these and fine grass. 

" They are not easily driven away once they have made a nest. I have broken into 
nests twice running, to see if any eggs were laid, and each time the birds have repaired 
the nest, in which, despite these repeated burglaries, they have finally laid. 

" Major C. T. Bingham remarks : — ' Breeds at Allahabad in March, April, May, and 


June, and at Delhi I have found their nests also in September. They build long retort- 
shaped nests made of pellets of mud, plastering them against the roof of culverts under- 
neath, against the top of caves, in banks of rivers, and in ruins, against the roof of any 
deserted mosque. Three, I think, is the ordinary number of eggs laid; these are pure 
white, and rather cylindrical in shape.' 

" Colonel Butler writes : — ' Tbe Red-rumped Swallow breeds in tbe neighbourhood 
of Deesa in June and July. The nest is usually stuck to the roof of caves or holes in 
rocks, and, like that of other Swallows, is built of mud externally, and lined with dry 
grass and feathers. It is of a peculiar form, being completely closed up, of an oval 
shape, terminating at one end with a tubular passage about 7 or 8 inches long, by which 
the birds enter. During the period of incubation, the female sits very closely, suffering 
a great noise to be made without flying off the nest. It is not uncommon to find both 
birds in the nest during the time the hen is sitting. I have taken nests in April at 
Mount Aboo, but these were exceptional instances, as they do not as a rule commence 
building before the middle or end of May. In the plains they often build under bridges, 
archways across nullah culverts, &c.' 

" Mr. Benjamin Aitken mentions that ' Between the 20th and 31st May, 1871, 
Jerdon's Red-rumped Swallow was observed to be in possession of nests, in similar 
places to those of Cotile concolor, at Kliandalla, a bill-station on the top of the Bhore 

" Mr. James Aitken says : — ' This is one of those birds which seem highly to 
appreciate the advantages of civilization, and to think, like Cowper's cat, that men take 
a great deal of trouble to please them. In Berar they have almost discarded the mosques 
which gave them their name, and have betaken themselves to the culverts of the roads, 
which are now hem" constructed all over the country. Wherever a road is made some 
of the culverts are sure to be taken possession of, as soon as the rains commence, by 
pairs of these Swallows, which may be seen darting in at one end and out at the other, 
or hawking about for flies over the pools of water at the road-side; their flight has, 
however, nothing of the extreme rapidity of that of the Swifts or Wire-tailed Swallows. 
During the cold season the young often assemble in large flocks, but these all disperse, 
or perhaps migrate, as the weather gets Avarmer, and only a few pairs remain to breed 
during the monsoon. The nest is of mud, with a prolonged entrance running along the 
wall, and is lined with coarse grass and feathers. The eggs are long shaped and pure 
white, without spot of any kind. In the subterraneous situation in which the nest is so 
often placed, and with the air still further excluded by the long neck, it is a marvel how 
the young escape suffocation.' 

" Mr. Davison remarks : — ' This species breeds on the Nilghiris about the com- 
mencement of April. The nest, as usual with Swallows, is composed externally of mud, 
and thickly lined with feathers ; it is shaped like the half of a Florence flask. It is 
placed generally against the roof of a cave or overhanging rock. The eggs are generally 
three in number, pure white, and of rather an elongated form. Several nests are often 

placed close together, and often some favourite site is apparently the bone of contention 
between several pairs. 

" ' I once found, a few miles out of Ooty, several nests of this bird placed on tbe under- 
side of a large overhanging rock, and although the breeding-season had long passed (it 
was, I think, in the early part of November that I found these nests), I neverthe- 
less climbed up to where they were, to see if there were any addled eggs. After 
examining a few of the nests, I came to one which had the tubular entrance walled up, 
and the mud perfectly hard and dry. On breaking away a part of the nest I found a 
dead bird in it, which had come quite to the sealed end of the tubular neck, and had 
there died ; the nest contained three old eggs, of which the contents had partially dried 
up. I can only account for this bricking, or, I should say, walling up of the entrance 
to the nest, by supposing that some of the other birds had coveted and failed to obtain 
this site for their nests. It is only natural to suppose that more than one pair were 
concerned in the business, as it would have taken at least one bird to keep the bird from 
leaving its nest, and another to keep its mate away from the nest, and probably another, 
or several other pairs, to close the entrance.' 

" Dr. Jerdon (who, however, did not discriminate this and the preceding species) 
states that ' a few couples, at all events, breed in the south of India ; for I have seen 
their nests on a rock at the Dimhutty waterfall on the Nilghiris, twenty or thirty 
together. I have found one or two nests in deserted outhouses in Mysore ; and they 
are said to breed very constantly on large buildings, old mosques, pagodas, and such 
like ; hence the native name of Mosque-Swallow in the south of India ; but I rather 
think there is a considerable increase of their numbers during the cold weather, and it 
was no doubt at the time of their northward migration that Colonel Sykes saw them in 
such vast numbers at Poona. The nest, as figured by Pallas and observed by myself, is 
a spherical or oval-shaped mud nest, with a long neck or tubular entrance, of the kind 
which is called a retort nest, and the eggs are white, faintly marked with rusty-coloured 

" Miss Cockburn, writing from Kotagherry, says : — ' I only once found a nest, and 
this was on the 9th April. It was constructed under a shelving rock, raised so high 
from the ground as to allow of my walking under it. The cave, if I may so call it, was 
in a wild, lonely locality, suggestive more of bears than Swallows. 

" ' The nest, which was built of clay, was about ^ foot long, the entrance being at 
one end. It was warmly lined with feathers, and contained three pure white eggs, very 
long in shape. As I wished to know if the number would be increased, they were left 
for a couple of days. On visiting the spot again, I found the length of the nest had 
been increased considerably, the eggs being left at the far end ; but as there were no 
more than three, they were taken possession of.' 

" I also have noticed the birds (or one of them) still building, and yet found eggs 
more or less incubated within. 

" The eggs are pure white, with scarcely any perceptible gloss ; generally a long 


oval, occasionally somewhat pyriforui in shape, and rarely very long and narrow like 
those of our Indian Swift. They are perfectly spotless, and so far as shape and size go 
the egg of H. daurica figured hy Bree sufficiently correctly represents an average specimen. 
Many eggs, however, are longer and narrower than that figure, and while all are, as in 
the figure, somewhat pointed towards the end, some are conspicuously so. 

" The eggs vary from 075 to - S3 inch in length, and from - 52 to 0'6 inch in 
breadth ; but they average about 078 by 055 inch." 

The descriptions are taken from specimens in the British Museum. The figure is 
drawn from a bird in Mr. Wyatt's collection, procured by him on Mount Abu, and a 
view is given of one of the corners of the Fort at Agra. 




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Cecropis melanocrissus, Riipp. Syst. Uebers. pp. 17, 22 (1845) ; Des Muxs in Lefebvr. 

Voy. Abyss., Zool. p. 79 (1849); Heugl. Syst. Uebers. p. 16 (1856). 
Himndo rufula (pt.), Bp. Consp. i. p. 339 (1850). 
Rirundo melanocrissa, Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 69, no. 807 (1869) ; Heugl. Orn. N.O.- 

Afr. i. p. 159 (1869); Sbarpe, P. Z. S. 1870, p. 315 ; Blanf. Geol. & Zool. Abyss. 

p. 346 (1870); Finsch, Trans. Z. S. vii. p. 319 (1870) ; Heugl. Orn. N.O.-Afr. iv. 

App. p. lvii (1874) ; Bochebr. Fauu. Seneg., Ois. p. 218 (1884) ; Salvad. Ann. 

Mus. Civic. Genov. (2) i. p. 121 (1884); Sbarpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. 

p. 165 (1885). 
Lillia melanocrissa, Hume, Str. F. 1S77, p. 258. 

H. uropygio rufo ; pileo clorso concolori ; subtus fulvescens, vix striolata, gutture et preepectore tantum 
str iis linearibus obsolete notatis. 

Hab. in Africa septentrionali-orieutali et in provincia Gambensi interiore. 

Adult. Above deep indigo-blue glossed with, purple, with the usual white lines on the upper part of the 
back ; feathers in front of the eye black ; a narrow line of feathers from the base of the bill 
extending backwards over the eye, sides of the neck, and round the nape, and forming an inter- 
rupted nuchal collar, deep sienna ; rump paler sienna ; quills brownish black, glossed with greenish 
steel-blue ; upper tail-coverts deep steel-blue ; tail-feathers brownish black, glossed with greenish 
above ; cheeks and throat pale bully white, the shafts of the feathers marked by small black lines ; 
rest of the body buff, with faint streaks ; the apical end of the under tail-coverts glossy blue-black, 
having the appearance of a black patch ; bill black ; feet dark brown. Total length 7 inches, 
culmen 04, wing 4-"7, tail 3'6, tarsus - 6. 

Hab. North-eastern Africa generally, and the interior of Senegambia. 

This Swallow belongs to the rufous-rarnped section of the genus Hinmdo, with the head 
blue like the back. The under surface of the body is streaked, but very faintly, the 
dusky shaft-lines being confmed to the throat and chest. 

Dr. Riippell, who discovered the species in Abyssinia, states that he found it on the 
high plateau of Temben and in the lake-country of the province of Seinien. He met 
with it in summer from July to October, and he describes it as placing its nest against 
walls of rock, its habits being those of the common Chimney-Swallow. 

Von Heuglin writes : — " This Swallow is generally found in pairs throughout the 
rainy season until the month of February in Central Abyssinia, both in the mountains 



and plains, and appears to depart between March and June. It has a powerful flight, 
and whirls in a whistling stream round the highest peaks of the rocks, and sometimes, 
like its allies, utters a piping, melancholy, and yet somewhat sweet-sounding note. It 
is in motion all day, and we have never seen it settle on trees or rocks." 

Mr. W. T. Blanford procured a specimen at Undel Wells in April, but states that 
it was only seen by him at low or moderate elevations, and he does not recollect to have 
ever noticed it on the tableland. Brehm believes that he saw this Swallow at Mensa, 
in the Bogos country, in April, but Von Heuglin suggests that Hirundo senegalensis 
may have been the species actually observed. During his last expedition to Shoa, the 
late Marquis Antinori procured the present species at Denz, Let-Marafia, and Mahal- 
Uonz. It was very common near the latter village from April to September, nesting in 
June and August on rocks. 

Dr. de Bochebrune states that it is rare in Senegambia and was found at the following 
places — Kita, Bakel, Fonta-Koro, Gangaran, Bakoy, and Baling ; he also says that it 
inhabits Upper Senegambia, whence examples have been sent by Dr. Colin. The smaller 
race, S. domicella, replaces it apparently in certain parts of Senegambia, the 
localities mentioned by Dr. de Rochebrune being different for the two forms. 

Von Heuglin states that there is a specimen of the present bird in the Stuttgardt 
Museum from South Africa, but there can be little doubt that the locality is erroneously 

The figure in the Plate has been drawn from Mr. Blanford's specimen in the British 
Museum, from which also the description has been taken. 

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Hirundo melanocrissa (non Hupp.), Hartl. Orn. W.-Afr. p. 27 (1857) ; Heugl. J. f. 0. 
1863, p. 168 (var.). 

Hirundo domicella, Finsch & Hartl. Vog. Ostafr. p. 143 (1870) ; Heugl. Orn. N.O.- 
Afr. i. p. 159 (1869-70) ; Sliarpe, P. Z. S. 1870, p. 315 ; id. Cat. Afr. B. p. 16 
(1871) ; Forbes, Ibis, 1883, p. 517 ; Shelley, t. c. p. 547 ; De Rochebr. Faun. Seneg., 
Ois. p. 219 (1881) ; Sbarpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 165 (1885). 

Lillia domicella, Hume, Str. F. 1877, p. 260. 

H. pileo dorso concolore ; uropygio rufo ; subtus sericeo-alba vix fusco striolata ; subalaribus pcctori con- 
coloribus, sericeo-albis ; ala 4'4. 

Hub. in regione yEthiopica. cis-equatoriali. 

Adult male. General colour above deep purplish blue, the mantle streaked with the white bases to the 
feathers ; rump pale cinnamon ; wing-coverts like the back ; greater coverts, bastard-wing, 
primary-coverts, and quills dusky brown, externally glossed with deep purple, duller on the pri- 
maries ; upper tail-coverts purplish blue ; tail-feathers blackish, externally washed with purplish 
blue ; crown of head like the back, from which it is separated by a collar of rich cinnamon on 
the hind neck, interrupted in the middle ; lores blackish, surmounted by a thin line of rufous ; 
feathers below the eye pale cinnamon, deepening towards the ear-coverts, which are deep cinnamon- 
rufous, as also the sides of the neck ; cheeks and under surface of body silky white ; the throat, fore 
neck, and sides of the upper breast showing thin hair-like striations, scarcely visible ; sides of body 
slightly washed with buff, deepening on the lower flanks ; thighs silky white ; under tail-coverts 
purplish black, those near the vent buffy white ; under wing-coverts and axillaries silky white like 
the breast; quills below dusky, ashy along the inner edge: "iris brown" (IF. A. Forbes). 
Total length 7 inches, culmen 035, wing 4"4, tail 1*6 (longest feather 3'7), tarsus 0"5. 

The adult female does not differ in colour from the male, but shows the narrow striations on the chest a 
little more strongly than in the male. Total length 7 inches, culmen 0'35, wing 4'4, tail 1"6 
(longest feather 3'45), tarsus 0'5. 

Dr. von Heuglin mentions that a young specimen in the Stuttgardt Museum collected by Schimper, 
probably in Eastern Abyssinia, has the under surface sullied white, and marked with fine blackish 
striai to the feathers ; these shaft-streaks are also visible on the rump. 

Hub. West Africa, from Scnegambia to the Niger ; Gazelle River in Equatorial Africa. 

This can only be regarded as a small form of H. melanocrissa of Abyssinia, as it differs 
merely in its smaller size, rather whiter under surface, and in the nearly obsolete character 

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of the dusky striatums on the throat and hreast. Although known for a long time to 
occur in Western Africa, it was generally confounded -with H. melanocrissa, and it was 
only in 1870 that Drs. Finsch and Hartlauh discriminated it clearly and bestowed on it 
a separate specific name. 

The typical specimens came from Casamence, and we have ourselves seen several 
examples from the same locality. It is not common in any part of Senegambia, 
according to Dr. de Rochebrune, who states that lie met with it at the following locali- 
ties — Gambia, Casamence, Melacoree, Zekinkior, Sedhiou, and Bathurst. 

The late Mr. W. A. Forbes met with the species at Shonga, on the river Niger, and 
the pair of birds obtained by him are now in the British Museum, with the collection 
bequeathed to the nation by that admirable and much-regretted naturalist. 

In North-eastern Africa Von Heuglin observed this Swallow in the marshy districts of 
the Gazelle Paver in the month of February, where it was living in small communities. 
According to the same observer, it is probably a migratory bird in those districts. He 
describes it as having a swift and elegant flight, in the course of which it makes a 
hovering movement without any apparent vibration of the wings. They may often be 
observed flying off the bare branches at the tops of high trees, generally three or more 
together. The note is a plaintive whistle, " ter-ter." 

The figure in the Plate is drawn from a specimen in Capt. Shelley's collection. 
The descriptions are taken from a pair of birds collected by the late Mr. W. A. Forbes 
on the river Niger. 

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HIRUNDO EMINI, Beichenow. 


Hirundo melanocrissa (nee Ruppell), Emin, J. f. O. 1891, pp. 340, 345. 

Hirundo emini, Reichen. Ber. Allg. deutsch. orn. Ges. xi. p. 2 (Jan. 1892) ; id. 

J. f. 0. 1892, p. 30. 
Hirundo astigma, Shelley, Ibis, 1893, p. 19. 

H. uropygio rufo : pileo chalybeo-nigro : subtiis minime striolata : cauda rniniuie albo maculata. 

Hab. in Africa centrali-orientali. 

Adult male. General colour above blue-black, with whitish bases and margins to the feathers of the 
mantle, producing a striped appearance, the lower back and rump cinnamon-rufous ; upper tail- 
coverts and tail blue-black, the latter without any white spots ; wing-coverts like the back, the 
greater coverts and quills blackish glossed with blue-black, the innermost greater coverts tawny 
isabelline, forming a patch ; crown of head and nape blue-black like the back ; a loral spot of 
isabelline buff ; feathers below the eye and ear-coverts dusky blackish, washed with chestnut ; 
from behind the eye a very distinct patch of chestnut extending backwards to the sides of the 
nape, but not sufficiently to cause a nuchal collar, though the blue feathers of the nape are slightly 
tinged with chestnut ; cheeks, throat, and sides of neck isabelline, the rest of the under surface 
from the lower throat downwards a little deeper in colour and a little more tawny, deepening on 
the under tail-coverts, all of which have the terminal hab blue-black, the long coverts entirely of 
the latter colour ; under wing-coverts and axillaries like the breast. Total length 7 5 inches, 
culmen 035, wing 4'9, tail 1"75, outer tail-feathers 3 # 9, tarsus - 6. 

Hab. Vicinity of Victoria Nyanza, and occurring again in the Shire Highlands. 

Dr. Reichenow first described this species from Emin Pasha's collection made on the 
Victoria Nyanza, when two specimens were forwarded to the Berlin Museum from 
Bussisi and Bukoba ; the first of these was procured in October and the second in 
November. Dr. Reichenow compared the new species, which he named in honour of 
Emin Pasha, with H. melanocrissa, and it is undoubtedly very closely allied to the latter 
bird, but is deeper cinnamon-coloured below, and has no sign of any shaft-streaks. 

Captain Shelley, in describing the collections sent by Mr. H. H. Johnston, C.B., 
from the Shire Highlands, named a Swallow Hirundo astigma, and compared it with 
H. semirufa, to which it certainly bears some resemblance by reason of its unstriped 
under surface. The type of H. astigma was procured by Mr. Alexander Whyte, who 


collected Natural History specimens for Mr. Johnston, at an elevation of G000 feet, on 
the Milanji Plateau, on the 29th of October, 1891. 

The British Museum has received in exchange from the Berlin Museum one of the 
typical specimens of H. emini from Bussisi, and we at once saw that JET. astigma is 
identical with it. Its nearest ally is certainly S. melanocrissa rather than H. semirufa, 
and it differs from the former species in its darker cinnamon-coloured under surface, 
while it is further distinguished by its more dusky ear-coverts and by the rufous 
collar on the hind neck not being complete, as appears to be sometimes the case in 
H. melanocrissa. 

The description is taken from the Bussisi specimen, now in the British Museum, 
and the figure in the Plate is drawn from the typical specimen of H. astigma, also in the 
same Museum. 

Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 79 [Map]. 



« — * Migratory. 

*-/-*■ Bird of passage. 

-©-* Remains locally during the winter. 

-A-*- Transplanted. 

«-*-»■ Winter resident. 

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25. 77. daurica 

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27. 77. nipdlensis 

28. H.erythropygia 

29. H.melanocri 

30. 77. domicella 

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Hirundo hyperythra, Blyth, J. A. S. Beng. xviii. p. 814 (1849) ; id. Cat. B. Mus. As. 

Soc. p. 198 (1819) ; Kelaart, Proclr. Cat. p. 118 (1852) ; Layard, Ann. & Mag. 

Nat. Hist. xii. p. 170 (1853) ; Blyth, Ibis, 1807, p. 300; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 69, 

no. 798 (1869) ; Holdsw. R Z. S. 1872, p. 119 ; Legge, B. Ceylon, p. 592 (1879) ; 

Hume, Str. E. 1879, p. 81 ; Sharpe, Cat, Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 107 (1885). 
Herse hyperythra, Bp. Consp. i. p. 310 (1850). 
Cecropis hyperythra, Gould, B. Asia, i. pi. 30 (1868) ; Jerd. Ibis, 1871, p. 352 ; 

Hume, Str. E. 1877, p. 266. 

H. similis H. baditp, sed minor, et suJjtus magis distincte nigro lineata. 

Hab. in insula Ceylonensi. 

Adult. General colour above purplish blue or deep steel-blue, a little streaked on the hind neck and 
mantle with fulvous, the feathers having a concealed fulvous edging, which becomes evident when 
they are disarranged ; wing-coverts like the back ; bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills 
blackish, externally glossed with steel-blue ; feathers of lower back steel-blue, tipped with rufous 
like the adjoining rump and upper tail-coverts, the longest of the latter being steel-blue ; tail- 
feathers blackish glossed with steel-blue ; crown of head like the back ; lores dusky, surmounted 
by a narrow line of rufous from the base of the forehead, extending over the eye, and forming a 
scarcely perceptible eyebrow ; sides of hinder crown, ear-coverts, cheeks, sides of neck, and entire 
under surface of body deep chestnut, very plainly marked with narrow blackish shaft-lines, a 
little broader on the ear-coverts and on the throat ; thighs and under tail-coverts chestnut, the 
louger under tail-coverts tipped or subterminally spotted with blue, the longest entirely blue ; 
the under wing-coverts and axillarics chestnut, with distinct blackish shaft-lines near the edge of 
the wing; quills below dusky black : " bill deep brown, in some specimens blackish, the base of 
the lower mandible reddish; legs and feet vinous brown; iris sepia-brown" (W. V. Leyge). 
Total length G'4 inches, culmen 0'4, wing 4'55, tail 2'95, tarsus 055. 

Sexes alike in plumage. 

Immature birds have the hue of the under surface paler than the adults and the shaft-streaks 
not so clear [W. V. Legge). 

Hab. Ceylon. 

The present species and its ally, H. badia, constitute quite a peculiar section of the 
genus Hirundo, having the rufous band across the lower back and rump like the Mosque- 
Swallows, but having at the same time a deep chestnut under surface, with little or no 
indications of streaks. 


This Swallow is a permanent resident in Ceylon, where it was first found by Mr. 
E. L. Layard, and he has given the following account of the species : — 

" I first discovered this species in November, 1849, at Ambepussa, on the road to 
Kandy. I have since then seen them at Putlam, up the central road as far as the hills 
extend, at Ambegamoa, and up the Caltura river from Perth sugar-estate to Ratnapoora 
and Adam's Peak. They breed in caverns and under bridges, and build a nest of mud 
attached to the roof. The general shape and size is that of a small basin, with a round 
entrance-hole at the top. The lining is composed of fine hay and feathers, and the eggs 
are laid in March. The late Dr. Gardner informed me that a pair built their nest on a 
ring supporting a hanging lamp, nightly used in his sitting-room. They securely 
hatched their eggs, unscared by the cleaning or lighting of his lamp, and the young 
birds returned to the nest every night for about a month after being fully fledged." 

Colonel Vincent Legge has given an exhaustive account of the species in his ' Birds 
of Ceylon,' which we transcribe herewith : — 

" Distribution. — This fine Swallow was discovered by Layard, who met with it in 1849, 
near Ambepussa. It is widely distributed throughout all the low country, with the 
exception of the extreme north, where I have not noticed it. In the forest-districts 
lying between Dambulla and the latitude of Manaar it is local, being chiefly confined to 
small tracts of cultivation in the vicinity of tanks ; in the Eastern Province, which is 
equally wild, it is restricted to similar localities, and in the Western Province is found 
principally in the interior. So plentiful is it, however, in the south-west of the island, 
that it is the common Swallow of the town of Galle, and seems to affect the sea-coast 
quite as readily as the interior, except during the wet windy weather of the south-west 
monsoon, when it retires for shelter to the secluded vales away from the sea-board. 
About Kandy, and in the Central Province generally up to 3000 feet, it is common, and 
in Uva and Haputale is found much higher than that elevation, for I have known it to 
breed at 4000 feet in the latter district. Mr. Bligh has seen it once at Nuwara Elliy^, ; 
but it is rare on that elevated plateau, although in many of the coffee-districts it may be 
seen hawking at higher altitudes than that of the Sauatarium. In the Morowak-Korale 
district it is not uncommon. 

" Habits. — Our Ceylon Swallow frequents towns and villages alike with the country. 
In the latter, marshes and paddy-fields, open glades in secluded valleys, and lonely tanks 
in the wilds of the juugle are the places to which it is partial. It is found in the 
Central Province about estate-stores and bungalows, and often consorts there with 
the little Bungalow-Swallow, breeding in cattle-sheds and outhouses and permanently 
frequenting their vicinity. It is a characteristic bird of the wild village tanks in the 
Vanni, and its cheerful chirrup is often one of the first bird-sounds which meets the ear, 
on the sportsman suddenly emerging from the forest and finding himself standing at the 
brink of one of those interesting places. Several have perhaps been resting on a dead 
log, half covered with weeds and water, or sitting on the dried mud of the bed of one of 
these small reservoirs, and finding the solitude of their retreat suddenly invaded, glide oil' 

on the wing, uttering their curious guttural notes, at the same time that, from the same 
cause, half a dozen lazy-looking but watchful crocodiles rush, with a mighty splash, into 
the muddy pool. Such haunts as these literally teem with insect-life; and I have seen 
scores of these Swallows hawking about a small water-hole of about half an acre in 
extent, which was all that remained of what was, in the wet season, a fine sheet of 
water. Its flight is slower than that of most Swallows, and it often sails along on out- 
stretched wings, now and then making a sort of circle in its course. In the south it is 
fond of frequenting paddy-fields made in the narrow glades lying between the low wooded 
hills characteristic of that part. 

" Nidlfication. — The Red-bellied Swallow breeds in the north, west, south, and centre 
of the island from March until June, constructing a Martin-like nest in outhouses, open 
dwellings, or under culverts and bridges. The nest is composed externally of mud and 
lined with feathers ; it is large, and the entrance is situated usually at the end of a spout, 
running from 3 to 6 inches along the planks at the top of the nest ; some have merely a 
circular orifice at the top. One which I frequently observed during the course of its 
construction was built in a merchant's office in Galle, the familiar little architects taking 
no notice whatever of the clerks who wrote at their desks just beneath ; it was completed 
in about three weeks, the spout being added last, and after this was finished, one of the 
pair took up its position inside the nest and received the feathers brought by its mate to 
the entrance. The eggs are either two or three in number, and some brought to me as 
belonging to this bird were pure white and pointed lengthy ovals in shape, much re- 
sembling those of Cypselus affinis; they measure 0-85 inch by 0-56 inch. I have not 
taken the eggs myself." 

The descriptions are taken from specimens in the British Museum, and the figure 
in the Plate from one procured by Mr. Wyatt near Kandy. 




Cecrojns badiq, Cass. Proc. Pbilad. Acad. 1853, p. 371 ; id. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philad. 

Acad. p. 4 (1853). 
Hirundo badia, Gray, IIand-1. B. i. p. 69, no. SOI (1869) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. 

Mus. s. p. 166 (1885). 
Cecropis archetes, Hume, Str. F. 1877, p. 266. 
Hirundo archetes, Hume, Str. F. 1879, p. 17 ; Legge, B. Ceylon, p. 592 (1879). 

H. uropygio rufo : capite clorso concolore : subtus castanea. 

Hub. in peninsula Malayensi. 

Adult. General colour above glossy steel-blue; hind neck and mantle slightly streaked with reddish on 
disturbing the feathers ; lesser and median wing-coverts like the back ; greater coverts, bastard- 
wing, primary-coverts, and quills blackish, externally washed with steel-blue; rump and upper 
tail-coverts deep chestnut, the long upper tail-coverts steel-blue; tail-feathers black glossed with 
steel-blue ; crown of head like the back ; lores dusky ; a narrow line of red commencing at the 
base of the forehead and extending over the eye, forming a narrow and scarcely perceptible eye- 
brow ; sides of hinder crown, ear- coverts, cheeks, and under surface of body deep chestnut, with 
indistinct blackish streaks, very tiny on the ear-coverts and throat, but a little larger on the 
breast, abdomen, and flanks ; a patch of steel-blue feathers on the sides of the upper breast ; 
thighs and under tail-coverts chestnut, the long ones of the latter with steel-blue ends, the longest 
entirely steel-blue ; under wing-coverts and axillaries chestnut, the latter slightly mottled with 
dusky bases and narrow blackish shaft-lines; quills below dusky brown: "bill black, fleshy 
white at gape; legs and feet black or purplish black ; claws black; iris deep brown " (IV. Davi- 
son). Total length 6 inches, culmen 0'4, wing 4 - 95, tail 2 - 7, tarsus 06. 

The following are the measurements of the series in the British Museum : — 

Total length. Wing. Tail, 

in. in. in. 

a-c. cJ ad. Kuroo 7-4-7-8 4-8-5-3 36-3-9 

d. ? ad. „ 7-2 5-1 35 

e. $ ad. Selangore 7'2 5 - 25 3'8 

/-/. ? ad. „ . , 6-8-7-2 5'0-5-2 3-5-3-9 

rn. $ juv. Kossoum 6'2 5'05 3'1 

n, o. $ ad. Poongyah 7'5-7 - 7 5'2 3'8 

p. ? ad. „ 7 - 5-1 35 

q,r. <$ ad. Girbu 6 - (moulting) 5-l-5 - 2 (moulting). 

The adult female is similar in colour to the male. 

A young male from Kossoum is much duller and more purplish black above, and Las rufous 
tips to the upper tail-coverts and inner secondaries ; underneath the rufous is not of so deep a 
chestnut as in the adult, and the chest and sides of the breast are mottled with dusky black 

Hub. Malayan Peninsula. 

This beautiful Swallow takes the place in the Malayan Peninsula of Hirando hyperythra 
of Ceylon, to which it is very closely allied. It is, however, a much larger and finer 
bird, and has scarcely any indication of black streaks on the under surface. 

The present species appears to be confined to the Malayan Peninsula, the first 
example having been described by Cassin from a Malaccan specimen in the Philadelphia 
Museum. A specimen in the Tweeddale collection, and another in the British Museum, 
were all the specimens recorded as existing in collections, until Mr. Davison procured 
the types of Cecropis arclietes of Hume. 

The Hume collection contains a fine series of this Swallow, showing that its range 
is pretty extensive. Prom Malacca itself specimens shot in March and July are repre- 
sented, and four examples were obtained in October, 1875, by Mr. Davison in Kuroo, a 
native State 26 miles distant from Malacca. Several specimens were procured by 
Mr. Davison in Selangore in March and August, and it extends as high as the Tonka 
district, for in the Hume collection are specimens collected by Mr. Darling at Kossoum 
in May, Poongyah in August, and Girbu in September. 

No notes have been published on the habits of this species. 

The descriptions are taken from the series in the British Museum, but we have not 
figured the species, as it so closely resembles the Ceylonese H. hyperythra. 

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Hinmdo semirufa, Sundev. (Efv. K. Vet.-Akad. Eorh. Stockh. 1850, p. 107 ; Sharpe, 
Ibis, 1869, p. 188 ; Ayres, t. c. p. 290 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 69, no. 802 (1869) ; 
Sharpe, P. Z. S. 1870, p. 317 ; id. Cat. Afr. B. p. 46 (1871) ; Ayres, Ibis, 1880, 
p. 260 ; Sharpe, in Oates's Matabele Land, App. p. 312 ; id. ed. Layard's B. S. Afr. 
p. 370, pi. is. fig. 1 (1882) ; Shelley, Ibis, 1882, p. 200 ; Ayres, Ibis, 1884, p. 227 ; 
Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mns. x. p. 167 (1885). 

H. uropygio rufo ; pileo dorso concolore ; subtus unicolor, baud striata ; gula alba. 
Hub. in Africa meridionali. 

Adult. Above dark blue, inclining to indigo ; rump cbestnut ; upper tail-coverts dark blue ; wing-coverts 
like tbe back, tbe inner greater coverts fulvous on their inner web, forming a spot ; quills black , 
brownish underneath, glossed above with dark blue ; tail black, glossed with blue above, every 
feather, except the two centre ones, having a very large white spot on the inner web ; space 
between the bill and the eye velvety black ; cheeks and ear-coverts deep blue-black ; entire under 
surface chestnut, very deep on tbe flanks and abdomen, the under tail-coverts paler rufous- 
buff; under wing-coverts isabelline buff; edge of wing fulvous mottled with black : "bill black ; 
legs dusky; iris dusky" (T. Ayres). Total length 8"8 inches, culmen 07, wing 5\2, tail 5 - 3, 
tarsus - 55. 

Mr. Gurney describes a supposed immature specimen as being " paler rufous below, with the upper surface 
brownish black instead of dark blue with a metallic lustre as in the old bird." This description 
better suits the worn breeding-dress of the adult than that of the immature bird, which ought to 
show rufous tips to tbe inner secondaries. 

Hub. South Africa; from Natal through the Transvaal and Matabele country to Mashoona Land. 

This is a large species, entirely confined to the southern province of the Ethiopian Region. 
In the ' Catalogue' we were inclined to separate the present bird from the West-African 
JS. gordoni on account of the paler under tail-coverts ; but a further examination of the 
series in the British Museum and in Capt. Shelley's collection convinces us that this 
character is not a constant one, and there is scarcely any specific difference between these 
two Swallows. H. semirufa is merely a large deeply-coloured race of the West-African 
species with a perceptibly longer wing ; but both in intensity of coloration and in size the 
Congo and Gaboon specimens of H. gordoni are intermediate. In Natal and Transvaal 
examples the wing measures 4 - 95-5 - 25 inches, a Congo specimen (immature) 45, a 

Gaboon bird 4'7, and the Fantee and Senegal specimens 4 - 5-4 - 6. The South-African 
specimens are rather paler under the wing, on the under wing-coverts and axillaries, but 
even in this respect they only differ to a slight extent from H. gordoni. 

But little has been recorded of the habits and nidification of this species. It was 
discovered by the late Prof. Wahlberg in Natal, and was afterwards obtained by Mr. T. 
Ayres in the Transvaal, where, however, it is scarce. It appears near Potchefstroom in 
the spring of the year, in September, and remains throughout the summer. It was found 
by Mr. Ayres to be " much more plentiful in the warmer Rustenberg district than in the 
open and colder country around Potchefstroom." A specimen in the British Museum 
was obtained by Mr. F. A. Barratt between Pretoria and Lydenburg ; and the late 
Mr. Prank Oates met with the species at Tati in the Matabili country in October, and 
further north at Inchlangin in December. It was seen during Mr. Jameson's expedition 
by Mr. Ayres in the Mashoona country in September, October, and December. 

Mr. T. Ayres found the nest of the present species in an old brick-kiln on the 
outskirts of the village of Rustenberg, and he says that it much resembled that of 
JS. cucullata. Mr. Prank Oates found many small beetles in the stomach of one which 
lie shot at Inchlangin. 

The figure in the Plate has been drawn from a specimen in Capt. Shelley's collec- 
tion, the description being copied from the British-Museum ' Catalogue.' 



Hirundo melanocrissa (nee Riipp.), Jard. Contr. Orn. 1S49, p. 1. 

Eirmdo gordoni, Jard. Contr. Orn. 1851, p. Ill, 1852, p. 17 ; Hartl. Orn. W.-Afr. 

p. 27 (1857) ; id. J. f. O. 1861, p. 103 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 69, no. 799 (1869) ; 

Sharpe, Ibis, 1869, p. 188 ; id. P. Z. S. 1870, p. 317 ; id. Cat. Afr. B. p. 16 (1871) ; 

Shelley & Buckley, Ibis, 1872, p. 288 ; Ussher, Ibis, 1871, p. 63 ; Reichen. J. f. 0. 

1875, p. 21 ; Bocage, Orn. Angola, p. 182 (1881) ; De Eocliebr. Faun. Seueg., Ois. 

p. 219 (1881) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit, Mus. x. p. 16S (1885). 
Cecropis gordoni, Cass. Proc. Philad. Acad. 1859, p. 33. 

H. similis H. semirufce, sed minor. 
Hob. in Africa occidentali. 

Adult. Above glossy indigo-blue, duller on the wing-coverts ; quills brownish black, glossed above, 
especially on the secondaries, with dark blue; rump sienna-rufous; upper tail-coverts dark 
indigo ; tail brownish black, washed with dull indigo above, the inner webs of all but the six 
central feathers -having a large white patcb ; entire under surface of body sienna-rufous, a little 
paler on the throat, thighs, and under wing-coverts ; bill black ; feet dark brown. Total length 
6 - 5 inches, culmen 0'35, wing 4"5, tail 4, tarsus O5o. 

Hah. West Africa, from Senegambia to Angola. 

We have already, under the heading of H. semiritfa, given our reasons for regarding 
Gordon's Swallow as a small race of the latter species, which it represents in West 
Africa. Its range is rather extensive, as it is found from Angola northwards to Sene- 
gambia ; but how far it ranges in the interior, we are at present uninformed. 

In Senegambia, according to Dr. de Bochebrune, it is not common, but he records it 
from the following localities — Gambia, Casamence, Melacoree, Zekinkior, Sedhiou, 
Sainte-Marie, and Albreda. Mr. Buttikofer did not meet with the species in Liberia, but 
on the Gold Coast, where it was originally obtained by Dr. Gordon. Capt. Shelley and 
Mr. T. E. Buckley state that it was " plentiful throughout the district, and generally 
met with in pairs perched on the top of some low bush or on the coarse grass of the 
plains." The late Governor Ussher Avrites as follows : — " Tolerably common in the 
eastern or Accra district of the Gold Coast, and now and then met with in the Pantee 
districts. It is a bold handsome bird, fond of building about houses, and much resembling 
H. rustica in its habits, especially in its low swooping flights over level open ground. It 


is frequently to be found basking in the open roads and rolling itself in the dust, or, as 
the natives express it, ' washing itself.' " 

The late Mr. L. Eraser obtained this Swallow at Abomey, and MM. Verreaux 
received specimens from Gaboon, where Mr. DuChaillu met with it on the Ogowe River. 
Dr. Lucan procured one specimen on the Congo ; and in the Lisbon Museum there is a 
single example from Angola, collected by Dr. Welwitsch. Prof. Barboza du Bocage 
thinks that although no ticket is attached to the specimen, there can be no doubt of its 
authenticity, and that it was doubtless obtained to the north of the Quanza. 

The description is copied from the British-Museum ' Catalogue of Birds,' and is taken 
from a specimen in the national collection. 


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Hirondelle a ventre roux de Senegal, Daubent. PL Enl. vii. pi. 310. 

Hirundo senegalensis, Linn. Syst. ]S T at. i. p. 345 (1766) ; Swains. B. W. Afr. ii. p. 72, 
pi. 6 (1S37) ; Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1845) ; id. Cat. Eissir. Brit. Mus. p. 23 
(1848) ; Jard. Contr. Orn. 1849, p. 4 ; Bp. Consp. i. p. 339 (1850) ; Hartl. Orn. 
Westafr. p. 27 (1857); Dubois, Ois. Eur. pi. 35 (1862); Hartl. J. f. O. 1869, 
p. 103 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 69, no. 796 (1869) ; Heugl. Orn. A T .0.-Afr. i. p. 156 
(1869) ; Sbarpe, P. Z. S. 1870, p. 316 ; Sliarpe, Ibis, 1872, p. 71 ; Shelley & 
Buckley, t. c. p. 288; Heugl. Orn. N.O.-Afr. iv. App. p. lvii (1874); Ussher, 
Ibis, 1874, p. 62 ; Reicben. Corresp. Afrik. Gesellscb. Berlin, 1875, no. 178 ; id. 
J. f. O. 1875, p. 21 ; Sbarpe & Bouv. Bull. Soc. Zool. Erance, i. p. 37 (1876) ; 
He R,ocbebr. Eaun. Seneg., Ois. p. 219 (1884) ; Salvad. Ann. Mus. Civic. Genov. 
(2), i. p. 120 (18S4); Sbarpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 108 (1885). 

Hirundo rufula, Gould, B. Eur. ii. pi. 55 (1837, nee Ternm.). 

Cecropis senegalensis, Less. Compl. Buff. viii. p. 498 (1837) ; Boie, Isis, 1814, 
p. 174; Riipp. Syst. Uebers. p. 22 (1845) ; Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Pbilad. Acad, 
p. 3 (1853) ; Heugl. Syst. Uebers. p. 16 (1856) ; Bouvier, Cat. Ois. Marche 
&c. p. 9. 

Hirundo melanocrissus (nee Riipp.), Heugl. J. f. O. 1862, p. 297. 

Cecropis melanocrissus, Antin. Cat. descr. Ucc. p. 25 (1865) ; Salvad. Atti R. Accad. 
Torino, 1870, p. 728. 

H. uropygio rufo ; pileo dorso concolori; subtus unicolor, gukl albida; rectricibus non minimi albo 

Hab. in Africa occidentali et in Africa septentrionali-oricntali. 

Above purplish blue; sides of tbe bead and back of the neck, almost forming a nucbal collar, as well as 
tbe entire rump, deep sienna ; quills dull black slightly glossed with blue ; upper tail-coverts dull 
purplish blue ; tail-feathers black, unspotted ; throat and cheeks buffy white, as also are the under 
wing-coverts ; rest of the underparts deep chestnut ; bill black ; feet very dark brown. Total 
length 9 inches, wing 5 - 7, tail 4 - 2. 

We have not seen any indications of an approach to H. monteiri, though both this species and H. sene- 
galensis occur on the Congo. The specimen of H. senegalensis from Landana, in Capt. Shelley's 
collection, is rather whiter on the throat than others from the Gold Coast, and thus somewhat 

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resembles H. monteiri, but there is not a sign of the white spots on the tail which are so strongly 
characteristic of the latter species. 

Hab. West Africa; occurring in suitable localities from Senegambia to the Congo. North-east Africa; 
Central Abyssinia and Kordofan, Shoa, and the sources of the Gazelle River. 

This large Swallow belongs to the red-rumped section of the genus Hirunclo. It is 
distinguished by its large size from all its allies in this section, as well as by its uniform 
under surface, without any dark striations. 

It was originally described from Senegal, and we have seen several specimens from 
this part of Africa. Dr. de Rochebrune states that it is common there, and enumerates 
the following localities where he has met with it — Salde, Dagana, Podor, Thionk, Sorres, 
M'Bao, Ponte, Albreda, and Bathurst. It was not seen by Mr. Biittikofer in Liberia, 
but it reappears on the Gold Coast. Mr. Blissett sent us a specimen from Ekraful, and 
Capt. Shelley and Mr. T. E. Buckley found it near Accra, and more especially at 
Quamin-fio. The birds " were paired in February, and probably breeding in the large 
hollow trees, the topmost boughs of which they usually frequented." 

The following note is from the pen of the late Governor Ussher : — " This handsome 
Swallow has only been observed by me on the plains of Accra, in the eastern districts of 
the Gold Coast. I never saw it in the forest. They are generally to be found in small 
companies of eight or ten perched on the tops of high decayed or leafless trees, and 
occasionally leave their posts for food, uttering a peculiar and pretty cry. Water- 
pools attract them much in this sparsely watered district. Their flight is powerful and 
graceful beyond that of other Swallows. The natives hold them in some veneration, and 
call them ' God's children,' and appeared scandalized at my shooting them, although they 
were satisfied when I explained the purpose for which I was collecting their skins, and 
that I was not impelled to do so from any wanton or inhumane motive." 

A specimen was obtained by Mr. Petit at Landana on the Congo, and is now in 
Capt. Shelley's collection. This seems to be its southern limit on the west coast. 

Dr. von H euglin writes as follows : — " IT. senegalensis is a migratory bird in North- 
eastern Africa. We found it from May to January in Kordofan and Central Abyssinia, at 
a height of from 5000 to 9000 feet ; but near the sources of the Gazelle Piver only towards 
the end of the rainy season. Biippell also received it from Shoa. These Swallows are 
often seen in large flocks settling on the bare tops of trees, or flying backwards and 
forwards., both high and low, in the meadows and grass-land, especially after thunder- 
storms. The call is very loud and strong, and sounds plaintive and whistling, like te-er, 
or lifted, lifted. According to Brehm it is even found on the Ped Sea. 

" Verreaux's statement that this Swallow occurs in Nubia is probably incorrect, 
as in North-eastern Africa it does not seem to cross the 14th meridian." 

The late Marquis Antinori mentions this species under the name of Cecropis melcmo- 
crissits, and states that it arrives in the Djur country towards the end of March, but 

does not stay after the first few days of April. After this time it appears to go hoth to 
the east and west into the mountainous parts of the White Nile. He noticed that it 
arrived at the same time as Eurystomus afer, the African Roller, and frequented the same 
marshy places. At sunrise they settle on the tops of the trees, after a few short turns, 
and there remain motionless for some time, when one will suddenly start off afresh, 
upsetting the resting-place ; and as they are accustomed to sit close together on a hranch, 
there is great contention for a place, those that are driven off having to find another 
perch. From the trees they descend to the water, over the surface of which they hunt 
for insects ; hut after ahout an hour's exercise, they rise into the air and disappear, not 
returning to the place till the next morning. The same naturalist met with the species 
in the Adda Galla country during the late Italian expedition to Shoa, where the native 
name was " Tobbisa." 

The description is taken from an adult bird in the British Museum, the figure in 
the Plate being drawn from a specimen in Capt. Shelley's collection. 




MinLem. Bros imp. 



Hirundo monteiri, Hartl. Ibis, 1862, p. 340, pi. ii. ; Gurney, Ibis, 1863, p. 116 ; 
Kirk, Ibis, 1864, p. 320 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 69, uo. 803 (1869) ; Bocage, Jorn. 
Lisb. 1868, p. 40, 1869, p. 339 ; Finsch & Hartl. Yog. Ostafr. p. 139 (1870) ; 
Sharpe, P. Z. S. 1870, p. 316 ; id. Cat. Afr. B. p. 46 (1871) ; Gurney in Anderss. 
B. Dam. Ld. p. 49 (1872) ; Sharpe, P. Z. S. 1873, p. 713 ; id. & Bouvier, Bull. 
Soc. Zool. France, i. p. 38 (1876); Reicben. J. f. O. 1877, p. 21; Cab. J. f. O. 

1878, p. 222 ; Fischer & Reiohen. t. c. p. 257 ; Fischer, t. c. p. 280 ; id. J. f . O. 

1879, p. 344 ; Bocage, Ora. Angola, p. 181 (1881) ; Shelley, P. Z. S. 1881, p. 565 ; 
Bobm, J. f. O. 1883, p. 178 ; Schalow, t. c. p. 352 ; Sharpe, ed. Layard's B. S. Afr. 
p. 368 (1883) ; Fischer, Zeitschr. ges. Orn. i. p. 358 (1884) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in 
Brit. Mus. s. p. 169 (1885) ; Fischer, J. f. O. 1885, p. 128 ; Matschie, J. f. O. 
1887, p. 152. 

H. major: uropygio rufo : pileo dorso concolore : subtus fere unicolor, minime striata : gula albicantc : 
rectricibus albo notatis. 

Hab. in Africa orientali (a prov. Zanzibarica risque ad fl. Zambesianuni), in Africa occidentali in pro v. 
Congensi usque ad terrain Damarensem septentrionalem. 

Male. Above glossy blue-black, the head capped and united to the nape by a broad interrupted band of 
blue-black feathers ; a narrow line of feathers from the base of the nostrils to the eye dusky ; the 
sides of the neck very bright rufous ; shoulders and sides of the chest dark blue-black like the 
back ; breast and under tail-coverts deep rufous, with a black spot near the tip of the longest 
feathers of the latter; thighs white ; bill and feet black ; iris brown : "inside of mouth yellow " 
(Fischer). Total length 8 - 5 inches, culmen 045, wing 5'75, tail 4"75, tarsus 065. 

Young. Above blue-black, but not so rich or so glossy as in the adult ; quills and tail dusky brown, 
with scarcely any perceptible gloss on the upper surface ; lower part of the back pale rufous ; 
throat, cheeks, and under wing-coverts pure white ; sides of the neck and breast rufous, but not 
so rich as in the adult ; under tail-coverts rufous, the basal half of the longer feathers 

Dr. Reichenow, writing about specimens of this Swallow from the Loango Coast, and Dr. Cabanis, in 
his account of the late Dr. Hildebrandt's collection, both refer to the variability of the amount of 
white marking on the tail-feathers, and they are inclined to regard H. monteiri as nothing more 
than a race of H. senegalensis. Dr. Reichenow remarks : — "The white spot on the tail-feathers, 
which Dr. Hartlaub considered to be characteristic of the species, is sometimes strongly, sometimes 
feebly developed. One specimen, moreover, in spite of its white tail-spot, shows a reddish-brown 

nape-band, which should by rights be a character of H. senegalensis ; and, lastly, in one specimen 
with entirely black tail-feathers, the reddish-brown nape-band is altogether wanting ; so that it 
would be possible to establish four varieties." Our experience of the specimens in English 
museums has not confirmed the variations in character detailed by Dr. Reichenow, and at present 
we keep the two species distinct. From the observations given by the above-named naturalist it is 
evident, however, that, on the northern limits of its range, H. monteiri shows a tendency to 
coalesce with H. senegalensis, and the two forms may interbreed on the Congo. 

Hub. West Africa from the Loango Coast to Oudonga ; East Africa from the Zanzibar district to the 
Shire river. 

This fine Swallow, as big as H. senegalensis, and therefore one of the largest members of 
the family, is confined to Africa, where it occupies a more southern area in that continent 
than its near ally. It was described by Dr. Hartlaub from a specimen brought from 
Angola by the late Mr. J. J. Monteiro, one of the many true naturalists who have lost 
their lives in the Dark Continent. It appears to extend along the west coast of Africa 
as far as the Congo region, for Dr. Palkenstein sent specimens from the Loango coast, 
which Dr. Reichenow has described as showing a great tendency to develop the characters 
of H. senegalensis. Both species have been procured by Dr. Lucan and M. Louis Petit 
at Landana, on the Congo, and it is quite possible that they interbreed in this locality. 

Monteiro's Swallow also extends its range into the provinces of Benguela and Mossa- 
medes, where it has been procured by Senhor Anchieta at Biballa and Capangombe, and 
the same explorer has procured it on the Biver Cunene. The late Mr. C. J. Andersson 
met with the species at Ondonga in Ovampo Land, and a specimen in the British Museum 
was shot by him at Elephant Vley. He observes : — " To the best of my knowledge this 
fine Swallow (of which I first obtained a few individuals on the river Okavango in 1859) 
never extends its migration so far south as Damara Land proper ; and, indeed, very few 
individuals come much further south than the Okavango." 

On the eastern side of the continent this Swallow probably does not cross the 
Zambesi. Sir John Kirk observed it " on the banks of the river Shire, away from 
dwellings, flying near the water, and alighting on the clay banks, where it was observed 
entering holes ; but whether these had originally been formed by Bee-eaters was not 

It would appear to be more plentiful to the northward. The late Dr. Bohm says 
that it was common in the neighbourhood of Kakoma. He procured it in December, 
February, and March, at this place, and specimens were in his last collection from Qua 
Mpara, where he met with it in July in the mountain-forests, and also at Marungu, to 
the westward of Lake Tanganyika. 

Sir John Kirk has procured it at Pangani and in the Usambara Hills, and it goes 
as far north as Mombasa, having been met with here by the Bev. Mr. Wakefield. 
Dr. Pischer states that he often saw it in the neighbourhood of Mombasa, mostly in pairs. 
In the beginning of August he fell in with eight specimens sitting on a dead tree, some 

of them being young birds. Dr. Hildebrandt found the species rarer near Mombasa and 
in Ukamba than H. puella. Dr. Fischer notes its occurrence near Malindi in May and 
June, breeding there in the latter month. In December some were seen at the mouth of 
the Tana, and he likewise states that he collected this Swallow in small numbers near 
Pangani in December, and near Little Aruscha Lake in March. He also obtained a 
specimen at Komboko, in the Ivilima Njaro district, on the 1st of April. His other locality 
for the species is Bagamoyo. The late Dr. Bohm also mentions having shot a Swallow, 
which he believed to be this species, at Konko in Ugogo. 

Mr. Andersson observes : — " Those that came under my notice were always found 
in large open forests, flying high above the tree-tops in pursuit of their insect prey, or 
occasionally perching on lofty, isolated, and aged trees, and they were in consequence by 
no means easy to procure." Dr. Bohm states that it is more often found in the clearings 
of the forests and open spaces, and he has often noticed it flying over the swamps, like 
our European Swallow, with its wings touching the water. In the latter half of February 
the birds were in great numbers, in pairs, frequenting the bare trees and stumps, especi- 
ally in the vicinity of the low-lying wet rice-fields. Twice, on the 9th and 22nd of 
February, he shot a female bird with some small lumps of earth in her mouth, and he 
fancied that they must nest on the trees. Dr. Fischer also noticed a curious habit of 
this Swallow, that they would descend suddenly from a great height, and rest on a dead 
bough, a favourite position, which they appeared to affect for a long time. 

The descriptions are taken from specimens in the British Museum, and the figure is 
drawn from one in Captain Shelley's collection. 

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M intern. Bros . imp. 




Hirundo euchrysea, Gosse, B. Jamaica, p. 68, pi. 12 (1817) ; Gray, Cat. Pissir. Brit. 

Mus. p. 26 (1818) ; March, Proc. Philad. Acad. 1863, p. 295; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. 

p. 72, no. 819 (1869); Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. Av. Neotr. p. 14 (1873) ; Sharpe, 

Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 170 (1885). 
Herse euchrysea, Bp. Consp. i. p. 31 (1850). 
Tetrochelidon euchrysea, Sclater, P. Z. S. 1861, p. 72 ; id. Cat. Anier. B. p. 39 

Callichelidon euchrysea, Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 301 (1865) ; A. & E. Newt. 

Handb. Jamaica, 1881, p. 107. 
Tachycineta euchrysea, Cory, Auk, iii. p. 58 (1886) ; id. B. West Indies, p. 72 


H. metallice aureo-viridis : uropygio dorso concolore : subtus alba. 

Hab. in insula " Jamaica " dicta. 

Adult. General colour above metallic golden green, greener on the bead ; wing-coverts like the back ; 
greater coverts, bastard-wing, and primary-coverts blackish, externally washed with golden 
bronze ; quills black, with a slight bronzy shade on the outer edge ; tail-feathers blackish washed 
with golden bronze ; lores velvety black ; ear-coverts, fore part of cheeks, and base of chin 
metallic golden green like the upper surface ; throat and remainder of under surface of bodv 
pure white ; thighs black ; under tail-coverts pure white ; axillaries and under wing-coverts 
metallic golden green, with dusky bases ; quills sooty black below : " bill black ; feet purplish 
black " (Gosse). Total length 5 inches, culmen 03, wing 4\2, tail 2'2, tarsus 0-4. 

Young. Differs from the adult in having the feathers of the throat and breast obscured with dusky 
subterminal bars. The metallic plumage is also duller and greener, with not such a strong 
golden lustre. 

Hab. Jamaica. 

This is one of the most distinct of all the Swallows, being remarkable for its metallic 
plumage. Although it is to be seen in many Museums, it is by no means common in 
collections, and little has been recorded of its habits. In fact we have not been able to 
find any record since the date of Mr. Gosse's well-known work on the ' Birds of Jamaica.' 
There he writes : — 

" This exceedingly lovely little Swallow, whose plumage reflects the radiance of the 


Humming-birds, is found, as I am informed by Mr. Hill, in tbe higher mountains 
formed by the limestone range of the very centre of the island, as in Manchester and 
St. Ann's. It is not until we ascend this central chain that we meet with this sweet 
bird, occasionally in the more oj)en dells, but principally confined to the singular little 
glens called cockpits." 

The figure is taken from a specimen in the Salvin-Godman collection, and the 
descriptions are copied from the British Museum ' Catalogue of Birds.' 





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Mintexn Eros- imp- 



Hinmdo etichrysea, var. dominicensis, Bryant, Proc. Bost. Soc. jN t . H. xi. p. 95 (1866). 
Hinmdo sclateri, Cory, Auk, 1884, p. 2; id. B. S. Domingo, p. 45, pi. 5 (1884); 
Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 171 (1885). 

H. supra metallice viridis, chalybeo nitens, vix cuprescens : fronte chalybeo lavata, : subtus alba. 

Hab. in insula Dominicensi maris Caribbsei. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy steel-blue, with a very little reflexion of golden-green under 
certain lights ; lesser wing-coverts like the back; median and greater coverts black, edged with 
the glossy shade of the back ; bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills black, externally edged 
with golden green, the secondaries with purplish blue, the primaries with dull green ; upper tail- 
coverts glossy steel-blue with golden reflexions ; tail-feathers black, edged with steel-blue or dull 
green ; crown of head golden green with steel-blue reflexions, the forehead decidedly steel-blue ; 
lores black ; sides of face and ear-coverts like the head, as also a spot on the chin ; cheeks, throat, 
sides of neck, and under surface of body pure white; some of the flank -feathers internally 
golden green ; thighs blackish ; under tail-coverts white ; under wing-coverts and axillaries dull 
steel-blue, edged with glossy green ; quills below dusky, more ashy along the inner webs. Total 
length 5 inches, culmen 0'25, wing 4 - 45, tail 2'0, tarsus 0*35 . 

The sexes are alike, according to Mr. Cory. 

Hab. San Domingo. 

We are indebted to our friend Mr. C. B. Cory for the loan of a skin of this beautiful 
Swallow, described by him from San Domingo. In its brilliant glossy plumage it 
approaches H. euchrysea of Jamaica, but the prevailing colour is green instead of golden 
bronze, and there is a pronounced gloss of steel-blue, of which there is no trace in the 
Jamaican bird. 

Mr. Cory writes : — " This species was quite abundant in the vicinity of La Vega, 
San Domingo, during July and August ; none were taken elsewhere, although a small 
flock of Swallows were observed a few miles east of Gonaives, which I believe were the 
present species." 

The description and figure are both taken from the above-mentioned specimen, lent 
to us by Mr. Cory . 




HIRUNDO SAVIGNII [anted, p. 237]. 

Add :— 

Chelidon savignii, Stejn. Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus. v. p. 31 (1882). 

Hirundo savignii, E. C. Taylor, Ibis, 1886, p. 379 ; Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. 

Hirund. pt. xi. (1889). 
Hirundo rustica savignii, Hartert, Kat. Vogels. Senck. Mus. p. 99 (1891). 
Hirundo cahirica, Gatke, Vogelw. Helgol. p. 135 (1891) ; Seebohm, Ibis, 1892, p. 19. 

Supposed to liave been seen on Heligoland on the 20th and 21st of May, 1891, but 
doubtless only a fine-coloured II. rustica. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 41 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO GUTTURALIS [anted, P . 241]. 

Add :— 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 15 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO TAHITICA [anted, p. 2751. 

Add :— 

Hirundo tahitica, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xv. (1892). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 44 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO JAVANICA [anted, p. 279]. 
Add :— 

Hirundo javanica, Hartert, J. f . O. 1889, p. 354 ; Sharpe, Ibis, 1890, p. 280 ; id. & 

Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xv. (1892) ; Hose, Ibis, 1893, p. 399. 

Mr. C. Hose says that this is the common Swallow of the Barani district, building under 
the eaves and floors of the bungalows, which, we must remind the reader, are raised off 
the ground on piles. 

On page 285, line 17, for "Sula" Islands read " Sulu." Mr. A. H. Everett has 
procured the species on Sibutu Island. 

Mr. Hartert informs us that the species is apparently not rare in Deli and Lankat 
in N.E. Sumatra, where the birds were also seen building nests under the houses. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 44 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO NAMIYEI [onfca-p. 287]. 

Acid :— 

Hirundo namiyei, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Ilirund. pt. xv. (1892). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 44 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO NEOXENA [antea, p. 289]. 
Add :— 

Hirundo neoxena, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. vi. (1887) ; North, Cat. 

Nests & Eggs Austr. B. p. 30 (1889) ; W. J. Campbell, Proc. Austr. Assoc. Sc. 

1890, p. 193. 

Mr. North writes: — "A set of the eggs of this species in the Australian Museum 
collection measure as follows : — Length (a) 073 X 0"5 inch ; (b) 0'74 X - 59 inch ; 
(c) 0-72x0-58 inch; (d) 0-70x0-0 inch; (e) 0-73x0"58 inch." Noticed by Mr. Camp- 
bell on Houtman's Abrolhos, flying near Pelsart Island. 

Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 41 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO ANGOLENSIS [antea, p. 293]. 

Add :— 

Hirundo angolensis, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. i. (1885) ; Bocage, Jorn. 
Sc. Lisb. (2) no. viii. p. 258 (1892). 

Senhor Anciiieta procured this species at Quissange, and Quibula in Benguela. 
Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 45 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO ARCTICINCTA [antea, p. 295]. 
Add :— 

Hirundo rustica (nee L.), Emm, J. f. O. 1891, p. 340. 

Hirundo angolensis (nee Bocage), B,eichen. J. f. O. 1892, p. 31. 

Hirundo arcticincta, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xv. (1892). 

Pound by Emin Pasha on the Victoria Nyanza, at Bussisi in October, and at Bukoba in 
December ; and by Dr. Stuhlmann on Sesse Island in December. 

Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 45 [Map]. 


HIRUNDO LUCIDA [antea, p. 297]. 
Add :— 

Mr-undo lucida, Biittik. Notes Leyd. Mus. vii. p. 159 (1885) ; Sliarpe & Wyatt, 
Monogr. Hirund. pt. i. (1885) ; Biittik. Notes Leyd. Mus. viii. p. 218 (1886); id. 
Beiseb. Liberia, ii. p. 173 (1890); Kendall, Ibis, 1892, p. 218. 

Obtained by Mr. Stampfli about fifteen miles from Monrovia, in Liberia, on tbe Mes- 
surado River, in October. Mr. Biittikofer found a nest on tbe 2nd of April, on an old 
window-seat of tbe Dutch factory at Monrovia : it was constructed in tbe same way as 
tbe nests of Hirundo rustica, and contained three half-fledged nestlings. 

On the River Gambia, Dr. Rendall says it is "common and fearless of man; its 
low sweet song is sustained for a minute or more, and bears a resemblance to that of a 
Canary, but is always subdued in tone. Its builds a cup-shaped nest of mud, lined with 
fine grass and feathers, and lays from three to five eggs." 

Lor the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 15 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO ALBIGULARIS [ante*, p. 303]. 

Add :— 

Hirundo albigularis, Liscber, J. f. O. 1885, p. 128 ; Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. 
Hirund. pt, x. (1889) ; Bocage, Jorn. Sc. Lisb. (2) viii. p. 258 (1892). 

Besides the Malindi record, Dr. Eiscker also notices this species from Bagamoyo. 
Lor the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 78 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO ^THIOPICA [antea, p. 307]. 
Add :— 

Hirundo cethiopica, Sliarpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. ii. (1885) ; Liscber, J. f. O. 

18S5, p. 128 ; Oustalet, Bibl. Ecole Hautes-Etudes, xxxi. art. x. p. 5 (1886) ; 

Hartert, J. f. O. 1886, p. 590 ; Salvad. Ami. Mus. Genov. (2) vi. p. 230 (18S8). 

The present species was not met with by the Marquis Antinori in Shoa, but Dr. 
Ragazzi procured a young bird at Gascia Mulu on July 31st. 

Dr. Lischer's localities for the species, as observed by him in East Africa, are as 
follows : — Mombasa, Malindi, Pangani, Maurui, Little Aruscba, Komboko, and 

Dr. Oustalet records this Swallow as found by M. Revoil in Somali Land. 

Mr. Hartert found it common at Loko on the Benue River, in July. It was 
breeding in the houses of the negroes, at the highest point of tbe roof. 

Eor the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 78 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO LEUCOSOMA [antea, p. 3111. 

Add :— 

Rirnndo leucosoma, Sharpe & "Wyatt, Mouogr. Hirund. pt. i. (1885) ; Pteichen. 
J. f. O. 1891, p. 382. 

Sext from Togo Land by Dr. Biittner. 

For tlie geographical distribution of tbis species, vide infra, Plate 78 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO DIMIDIATA [antea, p. 313]. 
Add :— 

Hirundo dimidiata, Sbarpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xi. (1889) ; Bocage, 

Jorn. Sc. Lisb. (2) viii. p. 258 (1892). 

For tbe geographical distribution of tbis species, vide infra, Plate 79 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO NIGRITA [antea, p. 317]. 

Hirundo nigrita, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. iv. (1886) ; Biittik. 
Notes Leyd. Mus. x. p. 68 (1888), xi. p. 130 (1889); Shelley, Ibis, 1890, 
p. 163; Beichen. J. f. O. 1890, p. 117; Biittik. Beiseb. Liber, ii. p. 100, cum 
fig. (1891). 

Waldenia nigrita, Beichen. J. f. O. 1875, p. 21 ; Hartert, J. f. O. 1886, p. 590. 

Dr. BjETCHenow found tbe present species common on the Lower Wuri and Camaroons. 
In Liberia Mr. Biittikofer obtained the eggs. He gives a picture of the nest, built 
of mud and attached to the bough of a tree overhanging tbe river. He gives the 
following interesting note : — " Frequently found in pairs with nest and eggs on the 
Du Queah, from its mouth upwards to the first falls, and on all other rivers I happened 
to visit on my journey to Cape Palmas. The beautiful Biver-Swallow is not easily got 
to leave the place which it once has chosen as nesting-place, and will always keep 
within some hundred yards from it. On one of my first trips up the Du Queah, 
on the 3rd of January, I found a nest with two fresh eggs in a hollow of a log, 
projecting about six feet above high water. The nest consisted of small stems of grass, 
small pieces of bark, and a few feathers, without any earthy substances, and contained 
two eggs. As it was a very fine nesting-place I sawed the end of the log down when 
passing a few days afterwards and carried it off with nest and eggs, which were then 

four in number. About two weeks afterwards I happened to pass the same spot again 
and found a new nest in the remaining part of the bollow, probably built by the same pair 
of Swallows, but this time constructed of clay and mud in the way of our House-Martin, 
and stuck to the wall of the hollow. It was lined with some stems of grass and other 
soft materials, and a few feathers of a Pigeon, and contained three eggs. I again 
carried off the nest and eggs without troubling the birds, which had disappeared for a 
moment. Some time afterwards I visited this spot and was not a little astonished 
to find a new nest, built like the last one, and containing one single egg; but this 
time I found it too cruel to carry off the nest again, and therefore ordered my boys to 
pull on and leave to the twice-tormented birds the pleasure of their breeding business. 
The eggs are thickly spotted and speckled with reddish brown, on a rosy-white ground. 
Their shape is oviform, the size 19 mm. in length and 13 mm. in width." 

According to Dr. Hartert, this Swallow was not rare on the Lower Niger, building 
its nest on the huge dead trees in the stream. Mr. Jameson procured it at Yambuya, 
on the Aruwhimi River. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 79 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO ATROCjERULEA [antea, p. 319]. 
Add :— 
Hirundo atroccerulea, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. iii. (1886) ; Seebohm, 
Ibis, 1887, p. 340. 

In his paper on the Birds of Natal, Mr. Seebohm writes as follows : — " By far the most 
interesting of the Swallows that came under my notice in Natal was the Blue Swallow 
(Hirundo atroccerulea). A few pairs of these charming little birds were almost always 
to be seen hawking diligently for flies over a small field which led from the garden of 
my friend Mr. Mark Hutchinson's house down to a little stream that flowed at the foot 
of the bush. Graham Hutchinson told me that they were seldom seen in the open 
veldt, and always chose sheltered nooks near bush and water. Early in the morning 
they often used to perch on the wire fence that enclosed the garden. He told me that 
they were never seen in winter. They associated freely with the other species, but were 
often alone." 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 45 [Map]. 

4 E 

HIRUNDO NIGRORUFA [ante*, p. 325]. 

Add :— 

Hirundo nigroritfa, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. iii. (1886) ; Bocage, Jorn. 
Sc. Lisb. (2) viii. pp. 257, 258 (1892). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 78 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO SMITH I I [ante*, p. 327]. 

Add :— 

Hirundo filifera, Fischer, J. f. O. 1885, p. 12S ; Matschie, J. f . O. 1887, p. 141 ; 
St. John, Ibis, 1889, p. 155 ; Eeichen. J. f. O. 1891, p. 153 ; Rendall, Ibis, 1892, 
p. 219. 

Hirnndo smithii, Sharpe & "Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. iii. (18S6) ; Shelley, P. Z. S. 
1888, p. 10 ; Salvad. Ann. Mus. Gen. (2) vi. p. 231 (1888) ; Oates, ed. Hume's 
Nest & Eggs Ind. B. ii. p. 188 (1890) ; id. Faun. Brit. Ind., Birds, ii. p. 280 (1890) ; 
Emin, J. f. O. 1891, p. 59 ; Sharpe, Ibis, 1892, p. 305 ; Bocage, Jorn. Sc. Lisb. (2) 
viii. p. 258 (1892) ; Eeichen. Jahrb. Hamb. Wiss. Anst. x. p. 16 (1893). 

Count Salvadori records a fine adult male of this species obtained at Malcogebdu, in 
Shoa, by Dr. Eagazzi, on the 19th of February. It was procured by Emin Pasha at 
Wadelai in September. Mr. F. J. Jackson met with it in the Kikuyu country in August. 
Dr. Fischer's localities for the species are the town of Zanzibar in August, Lindi, 
Tschara, and Wapokomolaud. Dr. Stuhlmann met with the species at Zanzibar in 
November, Emin Pasha at Mrogoro in Ugogo in May. Dr. Bohni has sent specimens 
from Karema. 

According to Dr. Eendall, the species is rare on the Gambia. He found a nest with 
three eggs on the 7th of November, 1889, the nest being exactly like that of Hirundo 

The late Sir Oliver St. John, in his paper on the birds of Southern Afghanistan and 
Kelat, remarked : — " Somewhat to my surprise I found this bird on several occasions in 
the Arghandab valley, and on one occasion near Kelat-i-Ghilzai, 5000 feet above the sea. 
It was not common, and I observed it nowhere else. Mr. Murray notices its occurrence 
at Quetta, but I have not seen it there." 

The following additional notes on the nesting of the species have appeared in 
Mr. Oates's edition of Mr. Hume's ' Nest and Eggs of Indian Birds ' : — " Major C. T. 
Bingham says : — ' I have found many nests of this beautiful Swallow under the bridges 
on both the eastern and western Jumna canals at Delhi. They are half-saucers of mud 
lined with straw and a few soft feathers. Cm the 27th May eleven nests that I took 

contained three eggs each, and more than half of them hard-set, so that I should say the 
bird breeds about Delhi in April and May.' 

" Mr. Benjamin Aitken tells us that he has ' observed the nidification of the Wire- 
tailed Swallow only on the river at Akola. One pair had a nest on the 23rd December, 
1869, but I did not examine it. On the 7th of January (1870) another pair were 
building a nest. Three eggs were taken from a nest in the beginning of February, 1870. 
The birds at once began a new nest against a rock a few yards off from the first place, 
and successfully reared three young. On the 26th July, 1870, I made a note that the 
"Wire-tailed Swallow had almost disappeared from Akola ; they had been common on the 
river in the dry season.' 

" Colonel Butler says : — ' I found a nest of the Wire-tailed Swallow at Deesa on the 
10th August, 1875, fastened to the brickwork of a well, but could not ascertain its 
contents, as I could not induce any of my coolies to go down and take it. I took 
another nest out of the same well on the 11th August the following year (1876) contain- 
ing two eggs very slightly incubated. It was a half-cup, built of mud and thickly lined 
with, feathers, and fastened to the brickwork under an overhanging ledge of stone. I 
have often found the nest under bridges overhanging the water, and in holes of rocks with 
a similar aspect.' Writing subsequently from Sind, he further says : — 'Hydrdbad, Sind, 
9th June, 1878. A nest under an archway over a canal, containing two fresh eggs. 
Another nest in a well on the 12th June, containing three fresh eggs. Two more nests 
under archways over canals on the 20tb, each containing three fresh eggs ; and any 
number of other nests in the same neighbourhood, and in the Eastern Narra in similar 

"Messrs. Davidson and Wenden, writing from the Deccan, remark: — 'Common 
and breeds.' 

" Lieut. H. E. Barnes, writing of Bajputana in general, says : — " The Wire-tailed 
Swallow, to my mind the handsomest of the Hirundines, breeds from the latter part of 
February to April, and again in August and September.' " 

For the geographical distribution of this sjjecies, vide infra, Plate 80 [Map]. 

HIRUND0 GRISEOPYGA [«•** p. 886]. 

Add :— 

Rirundo griseopyga, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. iv. (1886) ; Beichen. 
J. f. O. 1887, p. 62; Emin, J. f. 0. 1891, p. 310 ; Bocage, Jorn. Sc. Lisb. (2) viii. 
p. 258 (1892) ; Beichen. J. f. O. 1892, p. 31. 

Dr. Fischer, on his last journey to the Victoria Nyanza, procured this species at Wasehi, 
on the east side of the lake, on the 20th of January. Emin Pasha also met with it at 
Bussisi in October. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate SI [Map]. 


HIRUNDO CUCULLATA [antea, p. 337]. 


Birundo cucullata, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. iii. (1886) ; Bocage, 
Joru. Sc. Lisb. (2) viii. p. 258 (1892). 

Eor the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 80 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO PUELLA [antea, y. 341]. 

Add :— 

Birundo puella, Reichen. J. f. O. 1887, p. 62 ; Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. 
pt. xi. (1889) ; Shelley, Ibis, 1890, p. 163; Emin, J. f. O. 1891, p. 59; Reichen. 
J. f. O. 1891, p. 153; Ernin, t, c. p. 345; Hartl. Abhandl. nat. Ver. Bremen, 
1891, p. 30 ; Bocage, Jorn. Sc. Lisb. (2) viii. p. 258 (1892) ; Reichen. Jahrb. 
Hamb. Wiss. Anst. x. p. 16 (1893). 

Procured by Dr. Fischer, during his last journey to the Victoria Nyanza, at Msin- 
guissua. Emin Pasha procured the species at Bukoba in November. Dr. Stuhlmann 
obtained a nestling near Mbusine in Usegua, on the 28th of August, and Emin met with 
the species at Tabora, in Unianembe, in August. 

The present bird was represented in a collection from the Quanza River, received 
by Mr. Henry Whitely of Woolwich ; and Anchieta has collected specimens at Quissangue, 
Quibula, Quin dumbo, Caconda, and Humbe. Mr. Jameson procured it on the Lower 

Eor the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 82 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO RUFULA [antea, p. 317]. 

Hirundo rufula, Giglioli, Avif. Ital. p. 181 (18S6) ; id. I. Resoc. p. 312 (1889) ; id. 
op. cit. ii. p. 653 (1890) ; id. op. cit. iii. p. 512 (1891) ; Pleske, Mem. Acad. Imp. 
St. Petersb. (7) xxxvi. p. 41 (1888) ; Guillem. Ibis, 1888, pp. 100, 112, 116 ; Sharpe 
& Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. x. (1899) ; Lilford, Ibis, 1889, p. 329 ; Brusina, 
Orn. Croat, p. 5S (1890) ; Oates, Eaun. Brit. Ind., Birds, ii. p. 284 (1890) ; Gatke, 
Vogelw. Helgol. p. 436 (1891); Seebohm, Ibis, 1892, p. 19; Koenig, J. f. O. 1892, 
p. 365. 

Procured by the late Mr. Russow at Tschinas in Central Asia. 

According to Dr. Koenig the present species is a very rare visitor to Tunis, and he 
has only heard of two examples having been obtained in that country. 

Dr. Guillemard, in his account of the birds of Cyprus, writes as follows : — ■" At one 
place I noticed a solitary Hirundo rufula, a species which I did not again come across 
until long afterwards. Although it is, perhaps, to be found in each of the Districts of 
the island, it is very local. It occurs at Eamagusta, at the ruins of Bellapais, at Kyrenia, 
in the pass above Lanarka tou Lapethou, and near the village of Poli ; but at all these 
places it seemed to frequent the immediate neighbourhood of its home, and never go far 
a-field .... On the battlements of the fortress of Famagusta I shot Hirundo rufula, 
and found its nest in a rock-hewn cavern, attached to the smooth flat roof. In general 
this is the situation adopted, but sometimes the back of the nest is built against a beam, or 
against a wall where it joins the ceiling. The entrance is a short tunnel, with a slightly 
covered lip. The eggs are pure white, and, in this case, were six in number." 

He further observes: — "I camped below the ruins of Bellapais, a magnificent 
semimonastic building of the Lusignan period, with a great part of the beautiful cloisters 
still standing, and spent most of the following day in photographing it. Hirundo rufula 
was in great abundance here, and in a large hall, which was doubtless the refectory, 
there were many nests. Most of them were inaccessible, but from one I took some 
eggs, no doubt of a second clutch. The Commissioner of the Kyrenia district, with 
whom I was staying later, informed me that a pair had raised three broods of young 
ones in one season in a nest built in his bedroom." 

Lord Liiford also noticed the species iu Cyprus, and writes as follows : — " Very 
common in certain localities and, as Guillemard states, seldom to be met with at any 
considerable distance from its breeding-haunts. I only met with this very beautiful and 
conspicuous Swallow at a certain spot amongst the hills not far from the south coast of 
the Horn of Cyprus and at Eamagusta; but Guillemard found it in many other 
localities, notably at the ruins of Bellapais ; he mentions having noticed a solitary 
individual of this bird on March 6th, 1887, between Pera-Khorio and Tochui." 

Eor the geographical distribution of tliis species, vide infra, Plate 81 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO DAURICA [antea, V . 357]. 

Hirundo daurica, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xiv. (1890). 
Cecropis daurica, Tacz. P. Z. S. 1887, p. 599, 188S, p. 402 ; id. Mem. Acad. Imp. 
Sci. St. Petersb. (7) xxxix. p. 182 (1891). 

Dr. Taczanowski says that this species is widely spread over Western Siberia, from the 
Irtisch river in Dauria, through the Amoor and Ussuri countries as far as the sea of 
Japan. Mr. Godlewski states that directly it arrives in Dauria it at once begins 
to construct its nest, over which it spends a great deal of trouble, as it is large in 


prQportion to the size of the bird and is composed of mud ; it is fixed to the roofs of 
verandahs of houses and other buildings, or ou rocks which have protuberances similar to 
a ceiling. In July it lays five or six eggs, and in August the young leave the nest, 
and quit the country in September. 

In Corea, according to Mr. Kalinovvski, it is rare in summer, and does not seem to 
come every year. In 1888 it nested, but in 1889 not one was seen. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 78 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO STRIOLATA [antea, p. 361]. 

Hirundo striolata, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. i. (1885). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 79 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO NIPALENSIS [antea, p. 365]. 

Hirundo nipalensis, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xiv. (1890) ; Sclater, 

Ibis, 1891, p. M ; De la Touche, Ibis, 1892, p. 408. 
? Hirundo daurica, St. John, Ibis, 1889, p. 155. 
Hirundo alpestris (nee Pall.), Styan, Ibis, 1891, pp. 323, 351. 

It is probably to this species that the following note by the late Sir Oliver St. John 
refers : — " In 1881 I saw a small flock of Ped-rumped Swallows near Kach, but failed 
to procure a specimen. Which of the many forms of H. daurica they belonged to I cannot 
therefore say." 

Mr. Styan says that in the Lower Yangtse Basin it arrives rather later than 
H. gidturalis, and leaves about the same time ; it is not nearly so common as the latter, 
but still is numerous enough ; it also breeds in the natives' houses. He adds : — " I can 
throw no light on the vexed question of the various subspecies of this group, and all the 
specimens I have examined appear to be of one species." 

Mr. De la Touche writes : — " At Swatow both H. gidturalis and H. nipalensis are 
residents, the former being of course far more abundant in summer than in winter. At 
Poochow the Swallows are migratory or else summer visitants. On one or two occasions 
only in winter I noticed there a stray House-Swallow." 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 81 [Map]. 


HIRUNDO ERYTHROPYGIA [cmtea, p. 371]. 


Hirundo enjthropijgia, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xiv. (1890). 

'For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 82 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO MELANOCRISSA [antea, p. 379]. 


Hirundo melanocrissa, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. iv. (1886) ; Salvad. 
Ann. Mus. Civic. Genov. (2) vi. p. 231 (1888). 

Procured by Dr. L\agazzi in Shoa, at GasciamuKi in April, at Let-Marafia in May and 
November, at Buscoftu in June, and at Dens in July. In the latter month young birds 
were obtained, which Count Salvadori describes for the first time. He says that the 
three specimens had only just left the nest ; they were much smaller than the adults, 
with the black of the upper parts less intense and having a greenish reflection, the inner 
secondaries having a reddish tip, the rump of a duller rufous than the adults, but the 
under surface of the body brighter, more or less variegated on the breast with blackish. 
Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 79 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO DOMICELLA [antea, p. 381]. 
Add: — 
Hirundo domicella, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. ii. (1885). 
Hirundo rufula togoensis, L\eichenow, J. f. 0. 1891, p. 382. 

H. togoensis was discovered by Dr. Biittner in Togo Land, in February. Two spe- 
cimens were obtained on the 16th and 21st of that month, and Dr. E-eichenow points 
out that the species is very like H. rufula, but is distinguished by its smaller size, 
shorter wings, by the entire absence of stripes underneath, and by the deeper chestnut- 
red colour of the nape. 

Dr. P^eichenow, in answer to our inquiries, tells us that he was at first inclined to 
refer the Togo-Land specimens to U. domicella, but he points out that in this species 
the under tail-coverts are described as " glossy steel-blue " in the ' Catalogue of Birds.' 
In his examples of H. togoensis, he says, the under tail-coverts have only the tips blue, 
but the base pale, as in H. rufula, of which he considers U. togoensis to be a race. The 
rump, however, is described by him as uniform rufous, not shading off paler as in 


H. rufula. We find, however, that our description of the under tail-coverts in 
JL. domicella is wrong, and that recent specimens in the British Museum with more 
perfect feathering show that the under tail-coverts are hlue at the ends, with whitish 
bases, so that there can be little doubt that H. togoensis is H. domicella, and we must 
apologize to Dr. Reichenow for having misled him. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 83 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO HYPERYTHRA [ante* p. 889]. 


Hirundo hyperythra, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xi. (1889) ; Oates, ed. 
Hume's Nest & Eggs Ind. B. ii. p. 201 (1890) ; id. Faun. Brit. Ind., Birds, ii. 

p. 284 (1890). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 81 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO BADIA [oftfe*. p. 393]. 


Hirundo badia, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xi. (1889) ; Hartert, J. f. 0. 
1889, p. 354; Oates, ed. Hume's Nest & Eggs Ind. B. ii. p. 186, note (1890). 

Mr. Hartert states that the Berlin Museum possesses a specimen of this Swallow 
from Sumatra. He found it breeding in Perak, and has given us the accompanying 
interesting account of the nesting-habits as observed by him : — " I myself have never 
seen this species in Sumatra, and do not think that it occurred in those parts of the 
island which I have visited : it is such a striking species that it could scarcely have 
escaped my notice. 

" In the stomachs of those which I procured in Perak were some somewhat large 
Cicada?, flies, and mosquitoes. It was near the Kampong ' Padaug Ringas,' in the 
interior of Perak, that I first saw this fine Swallow, as I was hunting for butterflies and 
beetles in the burning mid-day sun. It was flying over the rice-fields, catching insects, 
and soon disappeared ; but I could not make out where the birds came from or whither 
they went, and, having no gun in my hand at the time, I could not procure a specimen, 
though I at once recognized that it was a Swallow I had not seen before. I met with 
the species again, however, some weeks after, further in the interior in the district 
of Kinta, where it was breeding in the beginning of July, as I found the nests under 
one of the houses erected, as usual, on piles. The nests were very peculiar, and were 
constructed in the same way as those of our Common Martin, and lined with feathers. 


The nests were very large, being quite a foot or more in length. The two under the house 
were constructed in the interval between two beams, so that they rested on tbe lower 
beam. In the middle they were more slender, for each consisted of two nests, as it were, 
connected by a broad passage about two inches long. There was an entrance to one nest 
only. One of them contained two eggs, but the other was empty. 

" Later on I became acquainted with what I suppose to be their original mode of 
nesting. I noticed several birds flying above the trees in the dense primgeval forests in 
Kinta, and saw them entering the caves which are to be found in the limestone hills 
which are scattered about in this district. In one of these limestone caves, which was 
very damp, I found a number of the nests ; but all were empty, so that I suppose that 
the proper laying time would be in May and June, and that I had happened upon a late 
breeding pair, when I discovered the before-mentioned eggs under the house, as narrated 

" The nests in the cave were less distinctly divided into two portions. The further 
they were in the cave, the broader and longer were the nests, while those nearer to the 
entrance varied in shape according to the accommodation afforded by the crevices or 
shelves of the rocks. All these empty nests were soft and friable, and easily broken, 
while those I found beneath the house, and indeed all those recently constructed, were 
very strong. 

" The eggs were longish ovals, pure white, with little gloss. They are larger than 
those of H. daurica, to unspotted specimens of which they are very similar. The grain, 
however, is much coarser in the eggs of H. badia, and shows very distinctly the rough 
cross-lines which are characteristic of the eggs of many Swallows. They measured 
23-0 mm. x 15-6, and 23*9 mm. X 159. Weight 17 cgs." 

The following note occurs in Mr. Oates's edition of Mr. Hume's 'Nests and Es^s of 
Indian Birds ' : — " Mr. J. Darling, Jun., records the following note regarding the nidi- 
fication of Hirtmdo badia : ' The first bird of this species I shot in Kossoom was one of 
a flock that appeared from the east and flew straight away westwards. I afterwards 
found them in considerable numbers in a large limestone cave, in which they were 
breeding later on. 

" ' Again, in Poongah, I saw numbers flying about the limestone hills that surround 
the town. Their habits and voice are almost similar to those of H. javanica. The nest is 
built of pellets of mud stuck to the under surface of some rock in the shape of a half- 
goblet with a very long neck, and is lined with coarse grass-roots and feathers.' ' 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 81 [Map]. 



HIRUNDO SEMIRUFA [antea, p. 395]. 

Hirundo semirufa, Sliarpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. i. (1885) ; Beichen. J. f. O. 
1887, pp. 308, 309 ; Shelley, P. Z. S. 1888, p. 40. 

The differences between H. semirufa and H. gordoni are so slight that it will probably 
be found that the two forms intergrade, and will have to be treated as one species, of 
which H semirufa is the larger southern form. The specimens procured by Emin Pasha 
at Wadelai on the 12th of October have been referred to the latter by Captain Shelley. 

Mr. Bohndorff procured this race at Kassongo, on the Upper Congo, about 4° 30' S. 
lat., and at Kibongo, between Kassongo and Lake Tanganyika. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 84 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO GORDONI [antea, p. 397]. 
Hirundo gordoni, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. ii. (1885); Hartert, J. f. O. 
1886, p. 590; Shelley, Ibis, 1890, p. 163; Beichen. J. f. O. 1891, p. 382; 
Bocage, Jorn. Sc. Lisb. (2) viii. p. 258 (1892). 
Hirundo semirufa, Beichen. J. f. O. 1887, pp. 308, 309. 

Dr. Beichenow records the present species from Togo Land. Mr. Hartert observed 
it at Loko, on the Benue. It was not seen in the villages but on the edges of the 
forests, and was not very common. The late Mr. Jameson procured it at Tambuya, 
on the Aruwbimi Piver. 

A mistake has occurred in our account of the present species, where it appears 
that Mr. Biittikofer had found this Swallow on the Gold Coast, which he has never 
visited. The sentence (line 26) should read as follows : — " On the Gold Coast it was 
originally obtained by Dr. Gordon, &c, &c." 

Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate S4 [Map]. 


HIRUNDO SENEGALENSIS [anted, p. 899]. 

Add :— 

Hirundo senegalensis, Sliarpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. ii. (18S5) ; Hartert, 
J. f. O. 1886, p. 590 ; Reichen. J. f. O. 1887, p. 62 ; id. J. f. O. 1890, p. 117 ; 
Rendall, Ibis, 1892, p. 218. 

Dr. Kendall states that he only procured this species at Combo, on the River Gambia. 
Dr. Hartert, during his expedition up the Niger and Benue Rivers, only found it at 
the King's Kraal, at Anassawara. It was apparently breeding in the neighbouring rocks. 
Dr. Reichenow noticed it on the Camaroons and Wari Rivers. 

Dr. Fischer, during his last journey to the Victoria Nyanza, procured this Swallow 
at Kawanga, to the north-east of the lake, on the 15th of January. He also noticed it 
in Ussuri and Usukuma. Mr. F. J. Jackson states that it was plentiful in Uganda in 
May, and was evidently about to breed there, as one of the birds he shot was carrying a 
feather in its bill. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 85 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO MONTEIRI \antea, p. 403]. 

Hirundo monteiri, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. x. (1889) ; Emin, J. f. O. 
1891, p. 59 ; Reichen. J. f . O. 1891, p. 153 ; Hartl. Abhandl. nat. Ver. Bremen, 
1891, p. 31 ; Bocage, Jorn. Sc. Lisb. (2) viii. p. 258 (1892) ; Reichen. J. f. 0. 1891, 
p. 153, 1892, p. 30 ; Sharpe, Ibis, 1892, p. 305. 
Hirundo senegalensis (nee L.), Bohm, J. f. O. 1882, p. 134, 1883, p. 178, 1885, 
pp. 47, 58 ; Emin, J. f. O. 1891, p. 340. 

Senhor Anchieta has obtained this species in many localities in Angola and Benguela, 
at Ambaca, Quissangue, Quindumbo, Galanga, and Caconda. 

Mr. F. J. Jackson also met with it in the Teita district. 

Emin Pasha sent specimens from Niangala and Mssanga in Ugogo, procured in June. 

Dr. Stuhlmann met with Monteiro's Swallow on the Victoria Nyanza at Njakamaga 
and Buanga, in October. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 85 [Map]. 



H1RUND0 EUCHRYSEA [antea, p. 407]. 
Add :— 

Sirundo euchrysea, Sbarpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xiv. (1890) ; Cory, Cat. 

West Ind. B. p. 115 (1892). 
Tachyc'meta euchrysea, Scott, Auk, x. p. 181 (1893). 

" This species," says Mr. Scott, " seems to be of very local distribution. During the 
months spent by me in Jamaica it was not even noted. From all that can be learned 
it is confined to the higher altitudes, where it is resident and only common locally." 
For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 80 [Map]. 

HIRUNDO SCLATERI [antea, V . 409]. 

Mirundo sclateri, Sbarpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. vii. (1888) ; Cory, Cat. 
West Ind. B. p. 115 (1892). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 80 [Map]. 


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Atticora leucostemon, Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1815) ; Gould, B. Austr. fol. pi. 12 
(1848) ; Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 6 (1853) ; Diggles, Orn. Austr. 
pi. 21. fig. 2 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 73, no. 863 (1869). 

Atticora leucostema, Bp. Consp. i. p. 337 (1850). 

Cheramoeca leucostema, Cab. Mus. Ilein. Th. i. p. 49 (1850) ; Gould, Handb. B. 
Austr. i. p. 115 (1865). 

Cheramoeca leucostemon, Ramsay, Proo. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. ii. p. 179 (1878). 

Cheramoeca leucostemum, Sliarpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 171 (1885) ; Rain- 
say, Tab. List Austr. B. p. 3 (1888). 

C. pileo albo, plutnis basaliter brunneo variegatis : subtus alba. 

Hab. in Australia. 

Adult. Upper surface particoloured ; crown of head white, with brown centres to the feathers ; nape 
and hind neck as well as the sides of the neck brown ; mantle and upper back white, the lateral 
feathers blackish along the outer web; scapulars, lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts blue- 
black ; least wing-coverts brown ; remainder of the wing-coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, 
and quills blue-black, browner on the inner webs of the feathers ; tail-feathers blackish ; lores 
blackish brown ; ear-coverts brown ; cheeks, throat, fore neck, and breast white, extending 
slightly down the flanks ; centre of lower breast, abdomen, and under tail-coverts blue-black ; 
thighs white; axillaries and under wing-coverts white, with a slight wash of smoky brown ; 
quills dusky brown : " bill blackish brown ; legs and feet greenish grey ; iris dark reddish brown" 
(/. Gould). Total length 5"5 inches, culmen 025, wing 3'95, tail 3, tarsus 0'5. 

\oung. Differs from the adult in having the whole head brown, with only a streak of white across the 
forehead extending backwards above the eye ; the quills edged with white. Total length 4'6 
inches, wing 38, tail 2-15, tarsus 0'5. 

Hab. Confined to the Southern, Interior, and South-western portions of Australia. 

This peculiar species of Swallow was first discovered by Mr. Charles Coxen, who sent a 
specimen shot on the banks of the Nanioi to Mr. Gould in 1840. Dr. E. P. Ramsay gives 
its habitat as New South Wales, the interior of the Continent, Victoria, South Australia, 
West and South-west Australia. It appears occasionally in collections from the Swan 
River, but is by no means a common species in museums. 



Mr. Gould lias given the following account of the species in his ' Handbook,' and 
we cannot find that any additional information respecting it has been published since 
that date : — 

'•' The White-breasted Swallow is a very wandering species, never very numerous, 
and is generally seen in small flocks of from ten to twenty in number, sometimes in 
company with the other Swallows. It usually flies very high, a circumstance which 
renders it very difficult to procure specimens. In Western Australia this bird chooses 
for its nest the deserted hole of either the Dalgyte (Peragalea lagotis) or the Boodee (a 
species of Bettovyla), but more generally drills holes in the sides of banks, like the Sand- 
Martin of Europe. The holes are perfectly round, about two inches in diameter, run 
horizontally for three feet from the entrance, and then expand into a chamber or 
receptacle for the nest, which is constructed of the broad portions of dried grasses and 
the dry dead leaves of trees. Mr. Johnson Drummond informed Gilbert that he had 
frequently found seven, eight, or nine eggs in a single nest, from which he inferred that 
more than one female lays in the same nest : the eggs are white, somewhat lengthened, 
and pointed in form. It would seem that the holes are not constructed exclusively for 
the purpose of nidincation, for upori Gilbert's inserting a long grass-stalk into one of 
them, five birds made their way out, all of which he succeeded in catching ; upon his 
digging to the extremity, in the hojie of procuring their eggs, no nest was found, and 
hence he concludes that their holes are also used as places of resort for the night. 

" Since this information was transmitted, I have received notices of this bird from 
many other sources, which enable me to state with tolerable certainty that it is spread 
during summer at least over the whole of the southern portion of the interior, from 
Queensland to Swan River. Strange to say, however, I have never seen examples of 
this species in any collection formed out of Australia ; yet the occurrence of a bird 
whose wing-powers are so great might naturally be expected in New Guinea or some of 
the adjacent islands." 

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the descriptions are taken from examples in the British Museum. 






Cheramoeca leucosternwm, Sharpe & Wyattj Monogr. Hirund. pt. xi. (18S9) ; North. 
Nests & Eggs Austr. B. p. 33 (1889). 

Me. North writes : — " This species of Swallow is the only one with which I am 
acquainted that is not migratory, being found in this locality (Mossgiel, New South 
Wales) and to the same extent as regards numbers all the year round. It is widely 
distributed throughout the timbered or ' back ' country, but is never found on the plains., 
and is generally seen in small flocks of five or six in number. It breeds here during the 
month of October, in holes in the sides of the entrances to the burrows of either the 
Bettongia or Peragalea, whether inhabited by these animals or not. I have never found 
more than four e?^s in a nest. 

" Three eggs taken by Mr. Bennett on October 19th, 1885, at Mossgiel, are 
pure white, and measure as follows: — (a) 0*64 x 0-48 inch; (b) - 63xO-1S inch; 
(c) 0-64 x 0-17 inch. 

:t Specimens in my possession, taken by Mr. Gardner in South Australia, give the 
same measurements." 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate SO [Map]. 



Progne, Boie, Isis, 182G, p. 971 P. purpurea. 

Phceoprogne, Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 283 (1864) .P. tapera. 

Range. The greater part of North and South America ; Antilles ; Galapagos. 

Clavis specierum. 

a. Supra purpurascenti-nigrse. 

a. Subtus purpurascenti-nigrre. 

a". Fascia celata alba ad latera dorsi postici posita : fascia altera alba f 1. purpurea, p. 439. 

celata ad latera hypochondriarum posita 12. hesperia, p. 455. 

b" . Fascia unica ad latera dorsi postici posita : fascia altera hypo- 

chondriaca nulla 3. furcata, p. 459. 

c". Fascia alba dorsalis et fascia alba hypochondriaca nullse .... 4. concolor, p. 463. 
b' . Pectus et abdomen alba. 

d". Guttur et praepectus purpurascenti-nigra, notseo concoloria . . . 5. dominicensis,v>. 405. 
e". Subtus albse. 

a'". Major : cauda 3"3 poll 6. domestica, p. 4G9. 

b"'. Minor : cauda 2-4-2"7 poll .7. chalybea, p. 473. 

b. Supra brunnea : subtus alba : fascia longitudinalis brunnea in medio pectoris 

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Purple Martin, Catesby, Nat. Hist. Carol, i. pi. 51 (1731). 

The Great American Martin, Edwards, Nat. Hist. B. iii. pi. 123 (1750). 

Le Martinet de la Caroline, Briss. Orn. ii. p. 515 (1760). 

Hirundo purpurea, Linn. Syst. Nat. i. p. 314 (1766, ex Catesby) ; Wilson, Amer. 
Om. v. p. 58, pi. 39. tigs. 2, 3 (1812); Audub. B. Amer. pi. 22 (c. 1830); Swains. 
& Rich. Eaun. Bor.-Amer., Aves, p. 335 (1831) ; Audub. Orn. Biogr. i. p. 115 
(1831) ; id. B. Amer. i. p. 170, pi. 45 (1839) ; D'Orb. in Ramon de la Sagra's 
Cuba, Ois. p. 94 (1840) ; Yarr. Brit. B. ii. p. 232 (1843) ; Jones, Nat. Bermuda, 
p. 34 (1859). 

Hirundo subis, Linn. Syst. Nat. i. p. 344 (1766, ex Edwards) ; Maynard, B. Florida, 
p. 71 (1874). 

Hirondelle de la Louisiane, Daubent. PI. Enl. vii. pi. 722. 

Purple Swift, Pennant, Arctic Zool. p. 431 (1785). 

Purple Swallow, Lath. Gen. Syn. ii. pt. 2, p. 575 (1783). 

Canada Stoallow, Lath. torn. cit. p. 575 (1783). 

Violet Sioallow, Latb. torn. cit. p. 574 (1783). 

Hirundo violacea, 6m, Syst. Nat. i. p. 1026 (17S8). 

Hirundo ccerulea, Vieill. Ois. Amer. Sept. i. p. 27, pis. 26, 27 (1807). 

Hirundo versicolor, Vieill. N. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xiv. p. 509 (1817). 

Hirundo luclovieiana, Cuv. Regne Anim. i. p. 374 (1817). 

Progne purpurea, Boie, Isis, 1826, p. 971 ; Bp. Comp. List B. Eur. & N. Amer. p. S 
(1838); Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 59 (1815); id. Cat. Eissir. Brit. Mus. p. 27 (1848); 
Bp. Consp. i. p. 337 (1850) ; Cab. Mus. Hein. i. p. 50 (1850) ; id. J. f. O. 1S56, 
p. 3 ; Burm. Tb. Bras. iii. p. 140 (1856) ; Cass. 111. B. Calif, p. 245 (1856) ; Brewer, 
N. Amer. Ool. i. p. 103, pi. iv. fig. 47 (1857) ; Baircl, in Baird, Cass., & Lawr. 
B. N. Amer. p. 314 (1860) ; Gundl. J. f. O. 1861, p. 328; Sclater, Cat, Amer. B. 
p. 38 (1862) ; Blakist. Ibis, 1862, p. 4, 1863, p. 65 ; Gray, Cat. Brit. B. p. 34 
(1863); Degl. et Gerbe, Om. Eur. i. p. 594 (1867); Gray, Handd. B. i. p. 74, 
no. 886 (1869) ; Cooper, B. Calif, p. 113 (1870, pt.) ; Pelz. Orn. Bras. pp. 16, 402 
(1871); Cones, Key N.-Amer. B. p. 114 (1872); Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. Av. 
IS'eotr. p. 14 (1873) ; Coues, B. N.-West,p. 91 (1874) ; Newt. ed. Yarr. Brit. B. ii. 
p. 361 (1880) ; A. & E. Newton, Handb. Jamaica, 1881, p. 107 ; Salvia, Cat. 
Strickl. Coll. p. 153 (1882) ; id. & Godm. Biol. Centr.-Amer., Aves, i. p. 223 

4 g 2 

(18S3) ; B. O. IT. List Brit. B. p. 45 (18S3) ; Skarpe, Cat. B. in Brit. Mus. x. 

■ p. 173 (1885) ; Salvin, Ibis, 18S5, p. 205 ; id. Ibis, 1888, p. 255. 

Progne subis, Baird, Review Anier. B. p. 274 (18G4) ; Sunricbr. Mem. Bost. Soc. 
N. H. i. p. 547 (1869) ; Lawr. op. cit. ii. p. 271 (1874) ; Baird, Brewer, & Eidgw. Hist. 
N.-Amer. B. i. p. 329, pi. 16. figs. 7-10 (1874) ; Hensb. Eep. Expl. 100th Mer. 
p. 213 (1875) ; Bidgw. IT. S. Geol. Surv. 40th Par. pt. iii. Oru. p. 439 (1877) ; Merrill, 
Proc. IT. S. Nat. Mus. i. p. 125 (1878) ; Coues, B. Color. Vail. p. 445 (1878) ; id. 
Bull. IT. S. Geol. Surv. iv. p. 572 (1S78) ; Cooper, Proc. IT. S. Nat. Mus. ii. p. 247 
(1880, pt.) ; Eidgw. op. cit. iii. p. 175 (1880) ; Steams, New Engl. Bird-Life, i. p. 189 
(1881) ; Hoffman, Bull. U. S. Geol. Surv. vi. p. 222 (1881) ; Coues, Key N. Amer. B. 
2nd ed. p. 325 (1S84) ; Drew, Auk, ii. p. 15 (1885) ; Merriam, t. c. p. 57 ; Agers- 
borg, t. c. p. 279 ; Cory, Auk, iii. p. 56 (1886) ; Brewster, t. c. p. Ill ; Anthony, 
t. c. p. 169; Everm. t. c. p. 183; Eox, t. c. p. 317; Seton, t. c. p. 324; A. O. IT. 
Check-1. p. 292 (1886) ; Towns. Proc. IT. S. Nat. Mus. x. pp. 221, 236 (1887) ; 
Eidgw. Man. N. Amer. B. p. 459 (1887) ; Beckh. Proc. IT. S. Nat. Mus. x. pp. 638, 
640 (1887); Langdon, Auk, iv. p. 131 (1887); Lloyd, t. c. p. 294; Beckh. t. c. 
p. 302 ; Eichm. Auk, v. p. 23 (1888) ; Scott, t, c. p. 31 ; Paxon & Allen, t. c. 
pp. 150, 152 ; Chapm. t. c. p. 275 ; Brewst. t. c. p. 389 ; Cory, B. W. Ind. p. 70 
(1889) ; Everm. Auk, vi. p. 25 (1889) ; Eives, t. c. p. 53 ; F. H. Allen, t. c. 
pp. 77, 78 ; Pindar, t. c. p. 315 ; Kimball, t. c. p. 339 ; Loomis, Auk, vii. p. 125 
(1890) ; Meams, t, c. p. 261 ; Thompson, Proc. IT. S. Nat. Mus. xiii. p. 608 
(1890) ; Brewst. & Chapm. Auk, viii. p. 13S (1891) ; Dwight, Auk, ix. p. 138 
(1892) ; Coombs, t. c. p. 205 ; Scott, t. c. p. 213 ; Eidgw. t. c. p. 307 ; Attwater, 
t. c. p. 340 ; Lawr. t. c. p. 356 ; Hatch, B. Minnesota, p. 350 (1892) ; Bboads, 
Auk, x. p. 17 (1893); White, t. c. p. 226. 

Progne elegans, ad., Baird, Eeview Amer. B. p. 275, note (186 1). 

Progne cryptoleuca, Baird, t. c. p. 277 (1861) ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 75, no. 894 
(1869) ; Eidgw. Man. N. Amer. B. p. 459 (1887) ; Scott, Auk, ix. p. 213 (1892). 

Progne subis, var. cryptoleuca, Baird, Brewer, & Eidgw. Hist. N.-Amer. B. i. p. 332 

Progne subis cryptoleuca, Eidgw. Proc. IT. S. Nat. Mus. iii. p. 175 (1880), iv. p. 210 
(1881); Scott, Auk, vi. p. 325 (1889). 

Cecropis violacea, Boie, Isis, 1828, p. 316; Less. Compl. Buff. viii. p. 498 (1837). 

Cecropis subis, Less. Compl. Buff. viii. p. 498 (1837). 

P. purpurasccnti-nigra ; fasciis albis celatis binis, una ad latera dorsi, altera ad latera hypochondri- 
arurn positis. 

Hub. in America septentrionali aestivans, in America meridionali hibernans. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy dark purplish blue, with a concealed spot of silky white on the 
sides of the lower back ; lesser and median wing-coverts like the back but rather duller ; greater 

coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills blackish, externally glossed with dull blue ; tail- 
feathers also blackish with a dull blue gloss ; lores blackish ; sides of face, ear-coverts, cheeks, and 
entire under surface of body dark purplish blue like the back, with a second patch of silky white 
feathers on the sides of the flanks ; axillaries and under wing-coverts like the breast ; quills ashy 
black below, rather lighter along the inner web : " bill deep brownish black ; feet purplish black ; iris 
dark brown" (Audubon). Total length 7"5 inches, culmen - 55, wing 5"85, tail 3'05, tarsus 055. 

Adult female. Differs from the male in not being blue below. General colour above dark purplish blue, 
not so brilliant as in the male ; the head like the back, the forehead browner, the feathers slightly 
mottled with purplish-blue centres ; lesser and median wing-coverts like the back ; greater 
coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, quills, and tail-feathers black, glossed externally with dull 
blue ; lores black ; ear-coverts dull blue ; cheeks, throat, and breast light ashy brown, extending 
on to the sides of the neck ; feathers of the throat with narrow dusky shaft-lines, those of the 
fore neck blacker, obscured with hoary whitish tips ; sides of upper breast with a few feathers 
tipped with purplish blue like the back ; centre of breast and abdomen whitish, the feathers with 
more or less distinct dusky shaft-lines ; in the centre of the breast a longitudinal spot of dusky 
blackish ; sides of body and flanks dark smoky brown, with ashy-whitish margins to the feathers ; 
thighs brown externally, white internally ; under tail-coverts white, with dusky centres to the 
feathers, becoming darker before the tips ; axillaries and under wing-coverts dark sooty brown 
or blackish, the coverts near the edge of the wing glossed with steel-blue and distinctly edged 
with white ; quills dusky below, more ashy along the inner web. Total length 7'5 inches, culmen 
- 55, wing 5'65, tail 2'85, tarsus - 55. 

Young. Resembles the old female, but is browner above, with scarcely any blue gloss, excepting on the 
head ; the secondaries narrowly fringed with white near the ends ; sides of neck brown, with an 
ill-defined crescent of ashy white ; throat, breast, and under surface of body brown, with hoary 
margins to all the feathers ; lower breast, abdomen, and under tail-coverts pure white, with a few 
brown shaft-streaks on the former ; under wing-coverts dark brown, those near the edge of the 
wing with white edges. 

A young bird from Sing Sing shows scarcely any dusky shaft-streaks on the under tail- 
coverts. Such a specimen is very difficult to distinguish from P. chalybea, as the dusky centres 
to the under tail-coverts of the immature of P. purpurea are the chief character by which the 
latter may be distinguished from P. chalybea. 

The male in the second year still greatly resembles the adult female, but is whiter below, with very 
distinct shaft-streaks of dark brown on the breast and abdomen ; a few bright blue feathers are 
observable on the throat and chest ; mesial under tail-coverts streaked with brown, the lateral 
ones externally brown. 

A male in the second year from Washington, D.C., in the Henshaw collection has the dusky 
centres to the under tail-coverts well marked, but has the grey on the forehead and on the sides 
of the neck, reminding one of P. hesperia, as we have remarked in our account of the latter 

With regard to P. cryptoleuca, Mr. Ridgway says (Manual, p. 459) that it is smaller than P. pur- 
purea, with narrower tail-feathers and, relatively, a more deeply forked tail. The adult male 
is said by him to have the feathers of the ventral region marked, beneath the surface, with a 
broad spot, or bar, of white. The adult female and immature male have the whole under portion, 
and the sides of the head and neck, chest, sides, and flanks, uniform sooty greyish brown, in 


marked contrast to the white of the belly, anal region, and under tail-coverts. He adds : "Six 
Cuban and two Floridan specimens of this well-marked species are before me. The adult females 
and immature males (of which there are four from Cuba and two from Florida in the N. M. 
collection — the latter from Cape Florida and Clearwater) are exceedingly distinct in plumage from 
those of P. subis [i. e., P. purpurea] . In fact, they resemble so closely corresponding plumages 
of P. dominicensis , that I am unable to state bow they can be distinguished." In the face of 
this strong testimony from the pen of so great an authority as Mr. Ridgway, we can only suppose 
that we have not yet had a specimen of the true P. cryptoleuca before us. A specimen sent by 
Mr. Scott as the hen of P. cryptoleuca from Tarpon Springs, and procured by him on the 17th 
of April, is identical with the female bird from Halfday, Illinois, in the British Museum. 

Hub. North America, not ranging into the extreme north, but geuerally distributed. Wintering in 
South America. 

The Purple Martin is widely distributed over North America, but does not go so far 
north as some of the other Swallows. It does not find a place in the different works on 
the ornithology of Alaska. Professor Coues says that " The breeding-range of the 
sj)ecies coincides with the whole distribution in North America wherever suitable 
nesting-places can be found, and the bird is, moreover, resident in some portions. Our 
birds are known to come over the border very early in the spring or in February, and 
gradually spread over the country, reaching the highest latitudes by the middle or latter 
part of May. Such early appearance subjects them to painful vicissitudes of the weather, 
large numbers having been known to perish in sudden storms or cold snaps." 

Dr. C. Hart Merriam, writing on the migration of birds in the spring of 1884, refers 
to the present species as follows : — " The common Purple Martin is a species by which to 
trace migration, for it is well known and widely distributed, and its habit of occupying 
boxes erected for its use in towns and villages renders its movements far easier of 
observation than in the case of forest-dwelling birds. In winter the Martin visits South 
America, but the last of the fall migrants rarely leave our southern border before 
December. Returning, the advance guard usually enters the Gulf States towards the latter 
part of Pebruary. During March, the great army arrives and spreads over the whole of 
the Southern States, the van appearing in many parts of Virginia, Kentucky, Southern 
Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas, some enterprising individuals reaching even as far north 
as latitude 40°. If not retarded by cold, the first week of April finds them pushing 
swiftly northward, and by the end of the month they have distributed themselves over 
nearly the whole of the United States east of the Pocky Mountains, and are already 
common in some parts of Canada. The exact time of their appearance at any given 
locality in the Northern States varies as much as two weeks from year to year. During 
the spring of 1SS4 they were recorded from Water Valley, Miss., March 1 ; Gainesville, 
Texas, March 5 ; Caddo, Indian Territory, and Newport, Arkansas, March 9 ; St. Louis, 
Mo., March 24 ; Manhattan, Kansas, March 25 ; Southern Iowa, March 30. During 
April they move through Northern Illinois and parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota, 
arriving at latitude 45° about the end of the month. May 19 they reached Portage la 

Prairie, in Manitoba. East of the Mississippi Valley they were seen in Jessamine 
County, Kentucky, March 18 ; at Buffalo, West Virginia, March 22 ; Camden, Indiana, 
March 28 ; New Lexington, Pa., April 16 ; Columbus, Ohio, April 15 ; Niagara Palls, 
April 18 ; Auburn, New York, April 20 ; Belleville, Ontario, April 22 ; Ottawa, Canada, 
April 27. In New England the returns show them at Saybrook, Conn., April 19; 
Greenfield, Mass., April 27 ; Moosehead Lake, Maine, April 23. They were seen at 
St. Johns, New Brunswick, May 2 ; Chatham, N.B. (Mirimichi Bay, facing the Gulf of 
St. Lawrence), May 10 ; and at Cape Breton Island, north of Nova Scotia, June 1. 

" Turning now to the other side of the Continent, their progress is found to have 
been much affected by the unfavourable weather. In California Mr. L. Belding has 
records from San Diego, April 28 ; Stockton, March 1 ; Marysville, March 17 ; Poway, 
May 1 ; San Jose, May 3 ; Olema, May 8 ; and Chico, May 22." 

Sir John Richardson states that the Purple Martin arrives within the Arctic Circle 
earlier than any other of its tribe ; it makes its first appearance at Great Bear Lake on 
the 17th of May, at which time the snow still partially covers the ground, and the 
rivers and lakes are still fast bound in ice. The late Captain Blakiston records the 
species from the Porks of the Saskatchewan on the 11th of May, 1858. 

Mr. Ernest Thompson sends us the following note : — " The Purple Martin arrives in 
Manitoba about the 15th of May, frequenting the half-open country in much the same 
degree as the White-breasted Swallows, but also manifesting a strong liking for town-life, 
for in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie it is a very abundant bird. When it nests thus 
in towns it selects for occupation any convenient crevice or cavity about a building, 
caring only that it be well away from the ground, but the majority of those we see 
during the summer have their homes in some deserted Woodpecker-hole. On the banks 
of the Pembina Biver, near Pelican Lake, I found a small colony of Martins inhabiting 
a scattered grove of old and dying scrub oaks. In most instances the Martins were 
indebted to the friendly offices of the Golden-winged Woodpecker for their homesteads. 
This was on the 17th of May, and the birds had apparently arrived but recently. By the 
third week in August the species usually has disappeared from the ' Big Plain.' " 

The same gentleman has also kindly sent the following note on the distribution of 
the species in Canada : — 

" Distribution in Ontario : 

" London and vicinity. Common in every city, town, and generally every village 
through Western Ontario. A few pairs breeding and scattered through the 
country, probably in hollow trees, as I find old and young together hanging 
about some dead trees (W. E. Saunders). 

" Hyde Park. Summer resident (John A. Morden). 

" Listoivel. Common in town ( W. L. Kelts). 

" Hatcldey. Occurs ( W. Yates). 

"Hamilton. The Purple Martin arrives in Southern Ontario about the 10th of 


May, and, though generally distributed, is nowhere abundant (T. Mclhoraith in 

' Birds of Ontario '). 
" Toronto. Commou and breeding about here. 

" April 16, 1887. Purple Martins arrived. 

" April 20, 1888. Purple Martins arrived. 
" Ellora. Summer visitant in some localities (Hon. Chas. Clarke). 
'•'Bruce Co., central region. Summer resident (W. A. Schoenau). 
" Gait. I found this species very abundant here in 1878. 
" Millbrook. Summer resident, tolerably common ; noted first arrival 15th April, 

1885 (G. Sootheran). 
" Coboconk. Noted by myself as common there in June 1885. 
" Peterboro\ Common (Mev. Vincent Clementi). 

" Yarker. Summer resident, common April 8th to May 1st (John G. Ewart). 
" Kingston. Common (Dr. C. K. Clarke). 

" Distribution in Province of Quebec : 

" Montreal. Summer resident, tolerably common ( TV. TV. Dunlop). 

" County of Quebec and north to Lake St. John. Summer resident, rare (John 


" Distribution in Manitoba and the Worth-west : 

" Carberry. Common, breeding ; noted only where there is large dead timber. 
" Winnipeg. Summer resident, common (P. H. Hunter). 
" Portage la Prairie. Somewhat common (C. W. Nash). 
"Lake Manitoba. Occurs {Prof. J. Maconn). 

" Pembina Miver in Southern Manitoba. Here on 17th May, 1882, I found a 
hollow tree about which several pairs were flying." 

Professor Coues writes : — " I was rather surprised to find Martins breeding on 
Turtle Mountain, having observed none at Pembina. In this locality, where there is, 
of course, no artificial convenience for the purpose, they must nest in Woodpeckers' holes 
and similar cavities of trees, as they do in other parts of the "West where I have observed 
them. This was the only locality where the species was observed, though it is known to 
extend to the Saskatchewan region." 

In South-eastern Dakota Mr. Agersborg says : " Common every summer ; it is found 
only in our towns, and not met with in the country." 

Mr. Piboads has included the present species as an inhabitant of British Columbia, 
but it does not occur in Mr. Chapman's paper, nor does Mr. J. K. Lord appear to have met 
with it. Mr. Panniu states that the Purple Martin is a summer resident to the east of the 
Cascade Mountains. Mr. Belding believes that the bird referred to is Progne hesperia 
and not P. purpurea. It would therefore probably be P. hesperia, which is recorded 
by Mr. Lawrence in his paper on the birds of Gray's Harbour, in Washington County, as 

breeding at Olyrnpia, but tbe range of P. hesperia, in relation to P. purpurea, is not yet 
sufficiently worked out. 

Dr. P. L. Hatcb gives tbe following note on the present bird in Minnesota :— " When 
the long winters of Minnesota have gone, so that the snows have disappeared from the 
thickets and corners of the fences, and tiny Coleopterous insects begin to appear in the 
air, even then still chilly, the Purple Martin may appear any forenoon approaching 
twelve o'clock. It usually does so in company with greater numbers of the White- 
bellied Swallows. In 1870 they both came on the 17th of April, and after skirmishing 
vigorously about for an hour, and finding no food along the river, departed as abruptly 
as they came. On the 22nd they returned in augmented numbers, and went no more 
away for that season. The species is nearly universally distributed over the State. It 
leaves the whole country almost simultaneously between the 20th and 25th of August, in 
company with the White-bellied Swallows. Years of record show that they have left the 
vicinity of Minneapolis either on the 23rd or 21th of that month." 

Mr. Washburn, when referring to this species in his notes gathered on his second 
trip to the Red River Valley, says : — " This species occurs about Mille Lacs, where 
the farmers provide boxes for them. The great majority, however, nest with 
the Gulls on an island called Spirit Island by the Indians, lying about two miles 
from the south-eastern shore of Lake Mille Lacs. Here large numbers lay their 
eggs in the sand — in the crevices and fissures of the rocks, and serve as allies in 
driving away the Ravens and other birds disposed to prey upon the eggs and young 
of the Gulls." 

Throughout Illinois and Indiana it is plentiful in summer, and the same may 
be said of all the New England States. Mr. Stearns, in his ' New England Bird- 
Life,' writes as follows : — " A common summer resident, almost universally nesting 
nowadays in the boxes provided for its accommodation, or equivalent retreats about 
buildings. The distribution of the species, though in nowise dependent upon faunal 
considerations, is influenced by other conditions which cause the bird to be irregularly 
dispersed in New England, and rare or even wanting in many localities where one would 
expect to find it. I am inclined to think that here and elsewhere in the United States 
the Martin is not, on the whole, so very numerous as we suppose. Wherever it occurs, 
the size of the bird, its striking colour, the noise it makes, and its activity and domes- 
ticity conspire to render it an object so conspicuous that we unconsciously acquire an 
exaggerated idea of its general abundance. It, moreover, appears to be somewhat on the 
decrease in New England, from some cause not well understood. Its loquacity is an 
annoyance to many persons, and hospitality is frequently denied ; though the bird is 
certainly a serviceable one in the work of holding insects in check — vastly more so than 
its inveterate enemy, the European Sparrow. The Martin originally built in hollows of 
trees, as the White-bellied Swallow still does, but is now seldom, if ever, known to nest 
except in artificial receptacles. It reaches us late in April or early in May, and leaves 
early in September. Two broods are commonly reared, the first set of eggs being laid in 



May, the other in July. The nest is huilt of hay, sometimes with twigs intermixed, and 
is lined with feathers." 

In the District of Columhia Mr. Richmond says it is rather common. There are 
several nesting-sites where the Martins still " hold the fort," despite the English 
Sparrows, notably the Masonic Temple and the Post Office Department building. In 
his paper on the summer birds of the Pennsylvania Alleghanies, Mr. Dwight says that 
some of these birds were nesting at Altoona, and there is every likelihood of its being 
found on the mountains. In Eordton County, Kentucky, according to Mr. Pindar, it is 
a common summer resident, and the same is recorded of Ptoane County, Tennessee, by 
Mr. Fox. Mr. Langdon says that in the Chilhowel Mountains, of Tennessee, he only 
noticed it at Knoxville and Marysville in August. 

Mr. Brewster says that in Western North Carolina the present species is common 
in most of the towns and villages, building chiefly, if not wholly, in the Martin-boxes ; 
and Mr. Loomis states that in the parts of South Carolina he visited, the birds nested 
wherever gourds were put up for their accommodation. 

Mr. Coombs, writing from the Calumet plantation, in the parish of St. Mary's, 
Louisiana, says that the Purple Martin was common from April to August, breeding 
wherever gourds or boxes were prepared for the birds. He states that they generally 
disappeared quite early in the autumn, the last brood being usually fledged by the 
middle of August. Writing of the birds of Bayou Sara, Mr. Beckham says that the 
Purple Martin was abundant in the towns, but was seen nowhere else. 

Many of the western localities for the species will require verification, as the distri- 
bution of Progne purpurea and P. hesperia is by no means satisfactorily determined, and 
the whole subject requires strict examination. Mr. Mearns says that in the Arizona 
mountains the Purple Martin is " an abundant summer resident throughout this high 
region, especially near water. It usually builds its nest in holes in the largest dead 
pines, several pairs living in the same tree. The Martin of this region, while differing 
somewhat from the Eastern bird, is not the subspecies P. hesperia recently described by 
Mr. Brewster, to whom I am indebted for the means of making the comparison." 
Mr. Scott states that it was rather uncommon about Tucson. In Colorado, according to 
Mr. Drew, it breeds from 6000 to 8000 feet. 

Mr. Henshaw, in his ' Report of the Exploration of the 100th Meridian,' writes as 
follows : — 

" This species is universally distributed throughout the United States, and in the 
West its abundance is fully as great as in the East. It occurs throughout Utah, being 
found in the vicinity of towns, and breeding plentifully in boxes placed for its con- 
venience, as at Salt Lake City, or retiring in large colonies to the solitudes of the 
mountains, where it rears its young in the abandoned Woodpeckers' holes. Wherever 
found, it is never content to remain isolated in pairs, but associates together in colonies 
of greater or less number. Earther south, in New Mexico and Arizona, they are of no 
less common occurrence, but seemingly are more confined to the mountains, though this, 


perhaps, is due to the lack of timber in the lowlands, and a consequent want of the 
necessary facilities for rearing the young, rather than to any natural preference for high 
regions. About the middle of August, while in extreme South-eastern Arizona, I noticed 
each evening immense numbers of these birds and the Cliff-Swallows flying swiftly over- 
head, their course leading them directly south. They only paused now and then to catch 
an insect, immediately resuming their onward flight. All the actions of these birds 
seem to indicate that the migration at this early date had begun, yet I have found in 
quite a number of instances the parents feeding the just-fledged young as late as 
August 22nd." 

A specimen from Mount Shasta, in the British Museum, seems to us to be true 
P. purpurea, and the following note by Mr. Townsend appears to refer to this species : — 
"Martins were not common in the localities where I collected. A few were noticed 
about some buildings at the west base of Mount Shasta in midsummer. A colony of a 
dozen or more was found established in a large dead pine on the edge of the forest at the 
eastern base of Mount Lassen, on June 6. The only nest I could reach occupied a large 
decayed cavity twenty feet from the ground. It contained four fresh eggs. There were 
other nests higher up." 

In Western Texas Mr. Lloyd says that the Purple Martin is plentiful in summer 
in suitable places. It breeds in colonies, arriving towards the end of February and 
departing about the 1st of November. At San Antonio it is common in summer, 
according to Mr. Attwater. At Fort Brown, in Southern Texas, Dr. Merrill only 
observed the species during migration, but he noticed their arrival as early as the 
20th of January. 

In Florida the resident species is supposed to be Progne cryptoleuca. Mr. Scott has 
forwarded several specimens from Tarpon Springs, but after a careful examination Ave 
have been unable to discover any specific characters for the recognition of this supposed 
species. We add Mr. Scott's note on the Purple Martins : — 

" It seems to me probable that all Martins found breeding on the Gulf Coast of 
Florida, at least as far north as Tarpon Springs, are referable to P. cryptoleuca, and 
though the material that I have before me is limited, yet one of the male birds is fairly 
intermediate between P. subis proper and what I think will ultimately have to be 
considered as the subspecies P. subis cryptoleuca, though the latter is now given specific 
rank. I have submitted material collected in the vicinity of Tarpon Springs to Mr. J. A. 
Allen, who concurs in the above views and from whose letters on the subject I quote as 
follows :— ' The Martins I should refer to Progne subis cryptoleuca, of which the single 
female and two of the males are fairly typical. The other male I should consider an 
intermediate between P. subis and P. subis cryptoleuca, which latter I believe at least 
only a geographical race of P. subis.' As the birds are abundant in the breeding-season 
in the town of Tarpon Springs, and as I am expecting additional representatives from at 
least two points of the south on the Gulf Coast, as well as from Key West, I hope at an 
early date with more abundant material to deal conclusively with the subject. At 

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Tarpon Springs it is difficult to obtain birds, as tbey are almost confined to tbe town 
limits, where shooting of all birds at any season is prohibited. At this point the first 
Martins to arrive are seen as early as the first week in March, but I suspect these are 
representatives of true P. subis on their way north, as the birds that frequent the Martin- 
boxes in the town do not seem at all common until the first week in April, and do not 
nest until the middle or last of that month. Mr. Atkins noticed the first Martins at 
Punta Rassa on March 20, 1886, and saw them frequently during the summer ' at a 
point on the beach near the pine-trees. Evidently breeds.' He has also noted Martins as 
rather common migrants at Key West, but has not found them breeding at that point." 

Mr. Chapman states that at Gainsville, Florida, the Purple Martins arrived on the 
3rd of March. The species was a common summer resident, breeding where boxes and 
gourds were erected for their accommodation. Messrs. Brewster and Chapman record 
the ordinary Purple Martin from the Suwanee River, so that they apparently do 
not recognize the distinctness of P. cryptoleuca, which Mr. Scott believes to be the 
resident species in Florida. The latter gentleman states that in the Caloosahatschie 
Region P. cryptoleuca is a migrant and breeds, while P. purpurea is a migrant only. 
Mr. Maynard gives the following note : — 

" The first time I ever met with the Martins in Florida was on Biscayenne Bay. 
I was rowing along the shore north of Miami, in company with Mr. Henshaw, when we 
observed two of these birds flying about a dead stub in the pine woods, which at this 
point came down to the shore uninterrupted by a hummock. This was in April, and 
they were evidently searching for a breeding-place. In May 1872, Mr. E. C. Greenwood 
found them nesting abundantly on the western bank of Indian Paver, near Fort Capron. 
This style of building appears to be usual with these birds while in the wilderness, but 
in the more settled portions of the South, as well as in the North, they prefer boxes 
erected for their benefit." 

The Purple Martin occurs in the Bermudas on migration, as Mr. Jones mentions 
that, like Tachycineta bicolor, they were numerous during the great flight of Swallows in 
September, 1849. 

The late Colonel Grayson writes : — " I found it breeding in Tepic, in the month of 
May, also in Guadalajara ; they were nesting under the eaves of houses or in water- 
spouts. It is seldom seen in the locality of Mazatlan, and then only accidental and 
migratory, flying very high." 

Professor Sumichrast says that the species is resident in the alpine region of 
Vera Cruz. 

In the ' Biologia Centrali- Americana,' Messrs. Salvin and Godman have the following 
remark : — " Referring to its Mexican range, it seems not improbable that this is 
merely an extension of the area it inhabits during the summer months in North America, 
and that the Mexican birds accompany the more northern ones in their winter migration. 
Against this theory is Professor Sumichrast 's observation that the bird is resident in the 
higher parts of Vera Cruz." 


Several specimens were procured by Mr. Gaumer in the Island of Cozumel in May, 
and Messrs. Salvin and Godnian state that they have received a specimen from British 
Honduras from Mr. Blancaneaux. They did not procure the species in Guatemala, and 
we believe that the above records constitute all the occurrences in Central America. 
Nor does it appear to visit the Antilles, unless we except the island of Cuba, where, 
according to Mr. Cory, P. cryptoleuca is found. We have, however, never ourselves seen 
a specimen from this island. 

The Purple Martin of North America winters in the continent of South America, 
apparently in Brazil. It has never been found in British Guiana, but specimens are in 
the British Museum from Bahia and Para, while Natterer met with the species at Barra 
do Rio Negro, from December to February, again at Manaqueri in December, and also 
at Pernambuco and Bio de Janeiro. 

What the species recorded by Tschudi as common on the coast of Peru (cf. Tacz. 
Orn. Perou, i. p. 236) can be, we are unable to say. 

The following is Dr. Brewer's account of the habits of the Purple Martin, as given 
by him in the ' History of North-American Birds ' : — 

" The Purple Martin is emphatically a bird common to the whole of North America. 
It breeds from Florida to high northern latitudes, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. 
It is very abundant in Florida, as it is in various other parts of the country further 
north, and the large flocks of migrating birds of this species which pass through Eastern 
Massachusetts the last of September attest its equal abundance north of the latter State. 
It occurs in Bermuda, is resident in the Alpine region of Mexico, and is also found at 
Cape St. Lucas. Accidental specimens have been detected in England and in Ireland. 
It is abundant on the Saskatchewan. Burmeister states that this species is common in 
the vicinity of Bio de Janeiro, and that it is distributed in moderate abundance through 
the whole of tropical South America. Von Pelzeln also cites it as occurring on the Rio 
Negro and at Manaqueri through the three winter months, nesting in old buildings and 
in holes in the rocks. It is, however, quite possible that he refers to an allied but 
distinct species. 

" In a wild state the natural resort of this species, for nesting and shelter, was to 
hollow trees and crevasses in rocks. The introduction of civilized life, and with it other 
safer and more convenient places, better adapted to their wants, has wrought an entire 
change in its habits. It is now very rarely known to resort to a hollow tree, though it 
will do so where better provision is not to be had. Comfortable and convenient boxes, of 
various devices in our cities and large towns, attract them to build in small communities 
around the dwellings of men, where their social, familiar, and confiding disposition 
makes them general favourites. There they find abundance of insect food, and repay 
their benefactors by the destruction of numerous injurious and noxious kinds, and there, 
too, they are also comparatively safe from their own enemies. These conveniences vary 
from the elegant Martin-houses that adorn private grounds in our Eastern cities to the 
ruder gourds and calabashes which are said to be frequently placed near the humbler 


cabins of the southern negroes. In Washington the columns of the public buildings, 
and" the eaves and sheltered portions of the piazzas, afford a convenient protection to 
large numbers around the Patent Office and the Post Office buildings. The abundance of 
this species varies in different parts of the country, from causes not always apparent. In 
the vicinity of Boston it is quite unusual, though said to have been forty years since 
quite common. There its place is taken by the H. bicolor, which occupies almost 
exclusively the Martin-houses, and very rarely builds in hollow trees. 

" Sir John Richardson states that it arrives within the Arctic Circle earlier than 
any other of its family. It made its first appearance at Great Bear Lake as early as the 
17th of May, when the ground was covered with snow, and the rivers and lakes were all 

" In the Southern States it is said to raise three broods in a season ; in its more 
northern distribution it raises but one. Their early migrations expose the Martins to 
severe exposure and suffering from changes of weather, in which large numbers have 
been known to perish. An occurrence of this kind is said to have taken place in Eastern 
Massachusetts, where nearly all the birds of this species were destroyed, and where to 
this day their places have never been supplied. 

" Within its selected compartment the Martin prepares a loose and irregular nest. 
This is composed of various materials, such as fine dry leaves, straws, stems of grasses, 
fine twigs, bits of string, rags, &c. These are carelessly thrown together, and the whole 
is usually w r armly lined with feathers or other soft materials. This nest is occupied year 
after year by the same pair, but after each new brood the nest is thoroughly repaired, 
and often increased in size by the accumulation of new materials. 

" The Martins do not winter in the United States, but enter the extreme southern 
portions early in February. Audubon states that they arrive often in prodigious flocks. 
On the Ohio their advent is about the 15th of March, and in Missouri, Ohio, and Penn- 
sylvania about the 10th of April. About Boston their appearance is from the 25th of 
April to the middle of May. Mr. Audubon states they all return to the Southern States 
about the 20th of August, but this is hardly correct. Their departure varies very much 
with the season. In the fall of 1870 they were to be found in large flocks, slowly moving 
southward, but often remaining several days at a time at the same place, and then pro- 
ceeding to their next halt. Their favourite places for such spots are usually a high and 
uninhabited hillside near the sea. 

" The Martin is a bold and courageous bird, prompt to meet and repel clangers, 
especially wdren threatened by winged enemies, never hesitating to attack and drive them 
away from its neighbourhood. It is therefore a valuable protection to the barnyard. 
Its food is the larger kind of insects, especially beetles, in destroying which it does good 
service to the husbandman. The song of the Martin is a succession of twitters, which, 
without being musical, are far from being unpleasant ; they begin with the earliest 
dawn, and during the earlier periods of incubation are almost incessantly repeated. 


The eggs of the Purple Martin measure *91 of an inch in length hy - 79 in breadth. 
They are of an oblong-oval shape, are pointed one end, are of an uniform creamy-white, 
and are never spotted. They are quite uniform in size and shape. Eggs from Florida 
are proportionally smaller than those from Northern States." 

Dr. Hatch's notes from Minnesota are as follows : — " These birds soon build their 
nests in various places, but manifest a strong preference to have them near dwellings. 
Their readiness to occupy boxes, artificial houses placed on poles, on the eaves of out- 
houses, is a matter of the commonest observation, doubtless from no sentiment toward 
our species, but because our habits and our habitations attract the larger quantities of 
insects upon which they feed; yet, like the Chimney-Swallow, they frequent the forests, 
and employ holes in old dead trees in many places familiar to me. They habitually 
enter the State at the southern border early in April, as Dr. Hvoslef of Lanesboro' has 
the 3rd of that month in his record for several years in succession. He also observed 
the circumstances of their disappearing again for a few days — once eleven — and then 
invariably remaining upon their return. The nest consists of fine straw, hay, dried 
leaves, and feathers which are employed to line it. They lay four pure white eggs, that 
are almost indistinguishable from those of the White-bellied Swallow. The first brood 
is brought out by the 10th of June and another one late in July. 

" As a fighter, the courage of this bird has but one approximation, and that is the 
Kingbird. Crows, Havens, Hawks, and Eagles are instantly put to flight by them, and, 
in the words of Wilson, ' so well known is this to the lesser birds, that as soon as they 
hear the Martin's voice engaged in fight, all is alarm and consternation. To observe 
with what spirit and audacity this bird dives and sweeps upon and around the Hawk, 
or the Eagle, is astonishing. He also bestows an occasional bastinadoing on the Kingbird, 
when he finds him too near his premises, though he will at any time instantly co-operate 
with him in attacking the common enemy.' The value of the Purple Martin to the 
general or the special agriculturist is so well understood and so universally accepted on 
account of their destruction of noxious insects, that, for an exception, no argument is 
needed with that class of producers to defend it." 

Eor the following account we are indebted to the kindness of our friend Mr. Ernest 
Thompsom : — " Its nest is usually placed in situations similar to those selected by the 
White-breasted Swallow r , a favourite location being the joist-holes left in the end of a 
house, when it is intended that at some future period another building will be conjoined. 
The material of the nest proper is, as in most of the Swallows, straw and the large curling 
feathers from the flanks of Geese or other barn-fowl. 

" My friend Mr. C. W. Nash communicates some interesting observations on this 
species, as follows : — ' I take the following extract from an unpublished paper of mine 
on this bird, written in 1878 : Erom my notes on migration kept from the year 1873 I 
find that this bird usually arrives in the Province of Ontario about the middle of April, 
the earliest date I have recorded being April the 15th and the latest May 4th, dependent 


somewhat, I presume, upon the season, although, from observations made in the county 
of "Wentworth in 1874, the birds can take care of themselves even when caught by the 
most severe weather after their arrival here. In this year (1874) the birds arrived in the 
town of Dundas on the 15th day of April and took possession of their usual nesting- 
places in boxes which had been put up for and used by them for some years, and in 
certain holes under eaves that they also were in the habit of occupying, and they devoted 
themselves as usual to hawking for insects about the streets. The weather on this day 
was mild, but that night it turned cold and we had hard frosts and snow until the 22nd of 
April, when it became warm and the birds reappeared, having been in the meantime six 
days closely huddled up in their old nests — not torpid, for they chirped and would slightly 
move if their box was touched or opened. They, however, lived through this, and on this 
22nd of April came out and flew about as hungry and lively as usual for a day or two, 
when another cold snap occurred and they again betook themselves to their boxes 
until after the 27th of April, when they again came out and were not further troubled by 
the weather for that year.' 

" I wfll only remark on this account that it appears to have been accurately made 
and that it unites with a class of circumstances which give rise to the exploded theory 
of the hibernation of Swallows to indicate that they are possessed of some habits and 
powers of which we have as yet but slight knowledge, and which are deserving of a 
careful investigation." 

The accompanying note is from the pen of Mr. Maynard : — " They invariably flock 
to places where accommodations are provided for tbem and avoid all others. The 
offspring of those which have inhabited a certain locality will also return and take 
up their abode there, so that a number of apartments in one box will be constantly 
occupied. If other domiciles are erected quite near the same spot they will be inhabited, 
but it is extremely difficult to induce these birds to enter a new house if it stands a mile 
or more from those occupied by the colony ; they, therefore, are extremely local in their 
distribution. I know of localities where Martins have bred for years, while they could 
never be induced to remain in another section which was but a mile distant, although I 
erected houses in suitable situations. They frequently appeared there in spring, but 
after examining the place and flying about for a day or two, invariably returned to the 
old locality. Although fond of any particular spot they may be easily driven from it. 
If a few birds are shot in early spring upon their arrival, the survivors wall disappear 
and cannot be persuaded to reinhabit the house from which they have been expelled, 
even after the ktpse of many years. Accidents occurring, which are detrimental to them, 
although not caused through the agency of man, appear to produce the same effect. 
Some years ago the Purple Martins, which bred in many boxes in Cambridge, arrived 
from the south quite early, induced by unusually warm weather, and took possession of 
their respective domiciles, but unfortunately the instincts which prompted them to 
come north so soon were at fault, for they were scarcely established in their summer 
houses when a prolonged cold snap came on and many of the poor Martins were frozen 


to death in their houses. The remainder left at once and there have heen no birds of 
this kind found nesting in that section of Cambridge since. 

" The Purple Martin is the only Swallow with which I am acquainted that will 
readily perch on trees which are covered with foliage, alighting amid the leaves after the 
manner of nearly all the Passerine birds, but they never hop from twig to twig. The 
song of the Martin is loud and cheerful ; in autumn, when they are more generally dis- 
tributed than at other times, these clear notes frequently reach the ear when the birds 
are almost invisible, as they sail high in the air with a strong and graceful flight. Early 
in September these birds migrate south, but do not remain in Florida all winter, and 
not one is to be seen in the State after the 1st of November." 

The figures in the Plate have been drawn from specimens in the Salvin-Godman 
collection, and the descriptions are taken from examples in the British Museum. 

Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 81 [Map]. 


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Mint em Bros imp- 



Progne 'purpurea et Progne subis, auct. ex California. 

Progne subis (nee L.), Belding, Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus. i. pp. 391, 391 (1878) ; id. 

op. cit. v. p. 547 (1882 j. 
Progne subis hesperia, Brewster, Auk, vi. pp. 92, 93 (1889) ; A. O. U. Check-1. 

2nd Suppl. Auk, vii. p. 63 (1890); Belding, Occ. Papers Calif. Acad. Sci. ii. 

p. 183 (1890) ; Fisher, N. Anier. Fauna, no. 7, pt. 2, p. 109 (1893). 

Mas similis mari P. purpurea. Fcem. tamen a fcemina P. purpurea, fronte et collo postico canescentibus 

Hab. in America boreali occidentali. 

Adult male. Not to be distinguished from the male of P. purpurea. Total length 7 inches, culmen 0'5, 
wing 6'65, tail 2'9, tarsus - 55. (Mus. IV. Brewster.) 

Adult female. Similar to the female of P. purpurea, but differing in the hoary white shade on the fore- 
head and hind neck; the sides of the neck silvery white like the throat; entire underparts 
hoary white, faintly mottled with brown bases to the feathers of the throat and chest ; under 
tail-coverts pure white like the abdomen. Total length 7 inches, culmen OS, wing 5'4, tail 2'75, 
tarsus 0*6. (Mus. W. Brewster.) 

Hab. California, and probably the whole Pacific coast of the United States and British Columbia. 

This western race of P. purpurea was described in 1889 by Mr. William Brewster, from 
specimens procured by Mr. M. Abbott Frazar in the Sierra de la Laguua in Lower 
California. The males are not to be told apart from those of Progne purpurea, and the 
distinctness of the race depends upon the characters of the female bird. Mr. Brewster 
thus summarizes the differences : — " Described in general terms, the female of P. hesperia 
may be said to have the forehead, fore part of crown, nuchal collar, and entire under- 
parts ashy white, the darker markings and shades being only apparent on a critical 

He has very kindly lent us a pair of this new race for purposes of examination, and 
we find that they bear out the title to separation which he claims for the Purple 
Martin of Lower California ; at the same time it should be noted that in certain stages of 
plumage the true P. purpurea approaches very closely to the female of P. hesperia, and 

1 I 2 

an example from Bahia in Brazil shows the characteristic hoary forehead and whitish 
sides of neck which are among the chief features of P. hesperia. A male in the 
second year from Washington, killed on the 30th of May (Henshaw collection), also 
closely approaches P. hesperia in the above-named particulars. Both these specimens, 
however, are true P. purpurea, as they are not so white on the throat, are more dingy 
on the breast and abdomen, and have the long under tail-coverts very distinctly centred 
with brown ; this last character seems to be a very well-marked one for distinguishing 
P. purpurea. 

Besides the typical specimens from the Sierra de la Laguna, Mr. Brewster says that 
he has seen others in Mr. Batchelder's collection from the Ojai Valley, in California, and 
Mr. Xantus's birds from Cape St. Lucas are also P. hesperia, as is shown by a specimen 
in the British Museum. 

It is extremely difficult for us to determine the exact range of this western race of 
Purple Martin owing to lack of specimens, but we have some doubts whether the 
distinctive characters of P. hesperia will be upheld by future observers. Judging from the 
small series at our disposal, P. purpurea is at certain seasons very similar to P. hesperia, 
and the latter can be nothing but a western race, which, indeed, is all the status that 
Mr. Brewster claims for it. The British Museum possesses a young male from Big 
Trees, obtained by Mr. Porrer, which is certainly referable to P. hesperia, but amongst 
the series in the Museum there are several birds which seem to connect the two races 

Mr. L. Belding, in his paper on the Birds of the Pacific District, claims for the 
western race a range reaching even into British Columbia, but we believe that the 
Purple Martin from several of his more northern localities must be P. purpurea. This, 
however, is a question which the American ornithologists alone can settle. We subjoin 
Mr. Belding's note : — 

"A dozen or more of both sexes were temporarily sojourning at San Diego, April 28, 
durin 0, a cool rain-storm. It does not appear to breed on the coast about San Diego 
(L. P.). 

" Poway, twelve miles from the coast. Pirst seen May 1, 1881, a few only ; common 
in the spring of 1883 (Blaisdell). 

" Little Santa Maria Valley, April 1, 1881, one only (Emerson). 

" Julian, April 4, 1881 (A T . S. Goss). 

" San Bernardino. Bare summer resident in the mountains ; rare migrant in the 
Valley (F. Stephens). 

" Santa Cruz, common [Joseph Skirm). 

" San Jose. Pirst seen May 3, 1881, two or three ; they did not remain. Arrived 
April 9, 1885 (A. L. Parkhurst). 

" Contra Costa County. Bare summer resident ( TV. JE. Bryant). 

" Olema. Pirst seen May 8, 1881 ; breeds (A. M. Incjersoll). 

" Stockton. Common summer resident here and in many localities in Central 
California below fir-forest, where it is very rare (L. P.). 

"Marysville. Arrive in March (W. F. Peacock; Frank Manning). 

" Chico. First seen May 22, 1884 ( W. Proud). 

" I never saw this bird in Washington Territory {Cooper). 

" I obtained at Port Steilacoom a specimen of Progne (Suckley). 

" Colonies encountered at numerous localities among the pine-woods of the mountains, 
where they are quite local {Henshaw). 

" Rare, east of the Sierra Nevada. In Carson it was common, while in Virginia City 
but a single individual was seen June 18, 1868 (Bidgivay). 

" Stockton, March, common (J. J. Snyder) 

"Murphys, March and April (J. P. Snyder). 

" Sebastopol. First seen in April ; rare ; breeds (F. FL. Holmes). 

"Marysville, March; common and breeds ( W. F. Peacock). 

" Sierra Valley, June 18-21, common, breeding ; several little Martin-houses 
recently erected for their use ; not known to do so elsewhere on the Pacific coast. 

" British Columbia. Summer resident east of Cascades (J. Fannin). 

"Camp Harney. One of the most abundant summer residents {Bendire). 

" Hoffman. Usually abundant in the vicinity of rivers, streams, and even large 

" Ridgway. Noticed along every portion of our route across the Great Basin, 
especially in the vicinity of rivers or lakes, or at settlements whether great or small. 

" Cooper, 1870. In June I saw a flock of these birds busily catching young grass- 
hoppers on the dry hillside, where these insects were swarming. 

" Salt Spring Valley (Calaveras County). Sept. 13, a few about the reservoir (L. £)." 

In the account of the birds obtained during the Death Valley Expedition, Dr. A. K. 
Fisher writes : — " A colony of Martins was found breeding at Old Fort Tejon, in the 
Canada de las Uras, California, June 28, 1891, by Dr. Merriam and Mr. Palmer. They 
were nesting in Woodpeckers' holes in large oaks in front of the old fort, where three 
were killed. Mr. Belding noted the species at Crocker's, 21 miles north-west of the 
Yosemite Valley, in May." 

Dr. Cooper has given the following interesting note on the Purple Martin in his 
' Ornithology of California,' and it no doubt refers principally to P. hesperia : — " I have 
not seen the beautiful and sociable Martins in the Colorado Valley, nor observed them 
along the coast earlier than April 29th, when they were migrating through San 
Francisco, perching for a few hours on lofty flag-staffs during the warm morning, but 
disappearing when the sea breeze began to blow. They resort chiefly to the warm 
valleys of the interior, nesting in holes of large trees from near San Diego to Puget's 
Sound. I also found them nesting on the summits of the Coast Range, in company with 
the IHrundo thalassina and H. bicolor, but preferring the dead tops of the loftiest red 
woods for their domiciles. They are numerous at Sacramento in summer, and probably 
through most of the Sierra Nevada, but retire to the south in August. 

" They have not yet attracted so much attention among our movable and busy people 


as in the East, where almost every country-house, and even some in large cities, furnish 
them with a residence, usually a neat little hotel with many apartments, each opening 
on to a porch, and all mounted together on a high pole. Like Pigeons, the Martins live 
in perfect harmony with their neighbours ; while our other house-loving pets, the Blue- 
birds and Wrens, must have a large range of territory, and drive away intruders too near 
their homes. Yet the Martins have courage enough, as is shown by their occasionally 
driving away the smaller birds, and even Pigeons, to appropriate their quarters. They 
also drive away every Hawk or Crow that shows itself near their nest, and thus protect 

" The loud and twittering song of the Martin, though mixed with some harsh notes, 
is remarkably pleasing, and continues during its whole stay with us, beginning at dawn, 
and heard at intervals during the day as they pursue their prey through the higher air, 
generally far above the smaller Swallows, though they sweep occasionally along the 
ground. Their nest is made of leaves, straw, hay, and feathers in large quantities, and their 
eggs, from four to six, are pure white. They probably raise two broods here, as in the 
East. They prey on the larger flying insects that appear during the day, and none are 
so swift as to escape them." 

The specimens figured in the accompanying Plate are two of the typical examples 
kindly lent to us hy Mr. Brewster, and the descriptions have been taken from the same 

Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 82 [Map]. 

Min.tern.Bros- imp. 




Progne purpurea (nee L.), Gould, Voj. 'Beagle,' Birds, p. 38 (1841) ; Scl. P. Z. S. 

1872, p. 548 ; Hudson, t, c. p. G06 ; Duruford, Ibis, 1877, p. 32, 1878, p. 392 ; 

White, P. Z. S. 1882, p. 595. 
Progne modesta (uec Gould), Gray, Cat. Fissir. Brit, Mus. p. 28 (1848). 
Progne f areata, Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 278 (1864) ; Sclater, P. Z. S. 1867, 

pp. 321, 337 ; id. P. Z. S. 1868, p. 531 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 74, no. 890 (1869) ; 

Sharpe, Auk, i. p. 368 (1884) ; id. Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 175 (1885) ; 

Sclater & Hudson, Argent. Orn. i. p. 24 (188S). 
Progne elegans (juv.), Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 275 (1864) ; id. in Baird, Brewer, 

& Ridgw. Hist. N. Amer. B. i. p. 328 (1874) ; Barrows, Bull. Nutt. Orn. Club, 

viii. p. 89 (1883). 

P. purpurascenti-nigra : fascia alba unica sericea ad latera dorsi infirm posita. 

Hah. in America meridional:, in Patagonia usque ad Brasiliam meridionalem et provinciam Mendozanam. 

Adult male. General colour purplish blue above and below ; the lesser and median wing-coverts like 
the back ; greater coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills black, glossed externally with 
blue ; tad-feathers black, washed with blue ; on the sides of the back a small tuft of silky white 
feathers. Total length 7-7 inches, culmen - 5, wing 5 - 55, tail 33, tarsus 06. 

Adult female. General colour above dull blue, with a brown shade on the forehead and hinder neck; 
wing-coverts like the back, the greater and primary-coverts and quills blackish, glossed exter- 
nally with dull blue, browner on the inner webs; tail-feathers blackish glossed with blue ; lores 
dusky blackish ; sides of face and ear-coverts dull smoky brown, with a slight blue gloss ; 
cheeks and throat dull smoky brown; remainder of under surface of body dark smoky brown, 
with blackish shaft-streaks, and obscured with broad whity-brown edges to the feathers ; the 
under tail-coverts coloured like the breast, the long ones dull brown, with whity-brown edges 
and a distinct subterminal shade of purplish black ; sides of body nearly uniform dark brown, 
with a purplish gloss; axillaries and under wing-coverts uniform smoky brown, the coverts 
near the edge of the wing edged with whity brown; quills smoky brown below. Total length 
7'8 inches, culmen - 55, wing 5o, tail 3'3, tarsus 0'55. 

Obs. The types of Progne elegans of Baird were lent to us by the U.S. National Museum. The speci- 
men no. 21009 agrees with the female birds in the British Museum: it is marked " <S juv.," 
and may be a male of the second year. The second specimen (no. 21011) is undoubtedly quite 
young, judging from the light margins to the feathers of the upper surface, these being very 



■distinct on the wing-coverts and secondaries. The under surface is nearly uniform sooty brown, 
with ashy margins, more distinct on the breast and abdomen, the under tail-coverts rather broadly 
tipped with white. 

The series in the British Museum measures : — 

Total length. Wing. Tail. Tarsus, 

in. in. in. in. 

a. <$ ad. Rio Negro {Hudson) 8-3 56 335 0-55 

b. $ ad. „ „ 7-8 5'5 3-15 0-55 

c. ? imm. Chupat (Durnford) 7S 5"45 3\2 06 

d. cJ ad. Chili [Bridges) 7-8 5-45 3'2 06 

e. $ ad. Mendoza (Weisshaiqjt) 7 - 4 5 - 55 3'15 06 

/. $ ad. „ „ . , 7-7 5-45 3"25 0-6 

g. ? ad. Rio Negro {Hudson) 77 5'3 2"9 055 

h. ? ad. Mendoza (Weisshaupt) . . 7-2 5-3 2-6 0-6 

i. $ ad. „ „ 7-7 5"3 30 0-55 

k. ? ad. „ „ 7-7 5-6 3-15 0-55 

Hab. Patagonia, northwards, apparently to the Argentine Republic, and westwards as far as Mendoza. 

The details of the range of this species are by no means satisfactorily recorded, and 
more information is desirable. The series of skins in the British Museum indicates that 
it is an inhabitant of Patagonia, and that it extends as far as Mendoza. All the other 
records are involved in great obscurity, and without the evidence of specimens they 
must all be received with more or less suspicion, the more so that until quite recently 
the species was confounded, even by authors of repute, with P. purpurea, and in all 
probability with P. domestica also. The latter is a large form of P. chalybea, resident 
in South-eastern Brazil, while P. purpurea is only a winter visitor to South America. 

The following note is given by Mr. Darwin in his account of the Voyage of the 
' Beagle ' : — 

" My specimens were obtained at Monte Video (November), and Bahia Blanca, 39° 
S. (September). At the latter place the females were beginning to lay in September 
(corresponding to our March) ; they had excavated deep holes in a cliff of compact 
earth, close by the side of the larger burrows inhabited by the Ground Parrot of Pata- 
gouia {Pslttacara patagonica). I noticed several times a small flock of these birds, 
pursuing each other, in a rapid and direct course, flying low, and screaming in the 
manner so characteristic of the English Swift." 

Not a single specimen of Progne collected by Mr. Darwin appears to have passed 
to the British Museum, and consequently we are unable to state whether the species 
obtained by him at Monte Video was the same as the one met with at Bahia Blanca, 
which was, of course, the true P. furcata. 

The late Mr. Henry Durnford, writing on the birds observed by him in Central 
Patagonia, says that this species was a spring and summer visitor. " Observed commonly 

throughout our journey wherever there were steep cliffs or rocks. I took eggs near 
Tonaho Point on the 30th of December. They had all left Chupat by the 1st of March." 
It was " pretty common about the Tosca cliff, up the Chupat valley, in the crevices 
of the rocks in which thev were "breeding. The male is uniform glossy steel-blue, and 
easily distinguishable from the female, whose underparts are speckled with grey, lightest 
about the vent. Both sexes uttered harsh screams whilst we were sitting under the 
cliff. A few seen at Ninfas Point." Although he spoke of the species as Progne pur- 
purea, we know by a specimen from the Chupat valley in the British Museum, collected 
by Mr. Durnfoi'd on the 9th of November, 1875, that the species is really P. f areata. 

Mr. Barrows gives the following note : — 

" Specimens were taken at Bahia Blanca, where the birds were abundant, and they 
were frequently seen in the Sierra de la Ventana. While at Carhue and Puan (March 
21st to April 9th, 1881) none were seen, but the weather was so cold that doubtless they 
had gone north. At Concepcion this species was never observed." 

The following is Mr. W. Ft. Hudson's account (Arg. Orn.) of the species : — 

" This Purple Martin is occasionally seen in the eastern provinces of La Plata when 
migrating, but has not been found nesting anywhere so far north as Buenos Ayres. I 
met with it breeding at Bahia Blanca on the Atlantic coast, and on the Rio Negro, 
where it is very common. It arrives in Patagonia late in September, and leaves before 
the middle of February. On the 14th of that month I saw one flock flying north, but 
it was the last. It breeds in holes under the eaves of houses or in walls, and its nest 
is like that of P. chahjbea ; but many also breed in holes in the steep banks of the Bio 
Negro. They do not, however, excavate holes for themselves, but take possession of 
natural crevices and old forsaken burrows of the Burrowing Parrot (Conurus patachoni- 
cus). In size, flight, manners, and appearance the Purple Martin closely resembles 
Progne chalybea, the only difference being in the dark plumage of the under surface. 
The language of the two birds is also identical ; the loud excited scream when the nest 
is approached, the various other notes when the birds sweep about in the air, and the 
agreeably modulated and leisurely-uttered song are all possessed by the two species 
without the slightest difference in strength or intonation. This circumstance appears 
very remarkable to me, because, though two species do sometimes possess a few notes 
alike, the greater part of their language is generally different ; also because birds of the 
same species in different localities vary more in language than in any other particular. 
This last observation, however, applies more to resident than to migratory species." 

The notes on P. purpurea given by Mr. Durnford (' Ibis,' 1877, p. 168) and Mr. 
Gibson ('Ibis,' 1880, p. 22), in which they speak of that species as nesting near Buenos 
Ayres, must belong to P. domestica. In the ' Catalogue of Birds ' they have been 
placed under the heading of the present species, and this is probably a mistake. 

The specimen which the late Mr. White stated that he had obtained at Fuerte de 
Andalgala, Catamarca, on the 28th of September, 1880, determined by Dr. Sclater as 



P. purpurea, may have been that species. Dr. Sclater gives Mr. White's locality as 
"Buenos Ayres " in the 'Argentine Ornithology' (p. 25). 

Numerous specimens have been obtained in Mendoza, and a series from this 
province is contained in the collection of the British Museum. The occurrence of the 
species in Chili is very doubtful, and Dr. Philippi expressly names P. furcata as one of 
the species which has been wrongly recorded from that country. The only authority 
for its capture in Chili appears to be a specimen in the British Museum, said to have 
been obtained there by Mr. Bridges ; but the exact locality is not attached to the speci- 
men, and, in the days when Mr. Bridges collected, "Chili" would be considered quite 
exact for a bird which may have been obtained in Mendoza. 

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Hirundo concolor, Gould, P. Z. S. 1837, p. 22. 

Progne modesta, Gould in Voy. ' Beagle,' Birds, p. 39, pi. v. (1811) ; Gray, Gen. B. 

i. p. 59 (1845); Bp. Cousp. i. p. 337 (1850); PreV. et Des Murs, Voy. 'Venus,' 

v. p. 182 (1855). 
Progne concolor, Baird, R-eview Amer. B. p. 278 (1861); Gray, IIand-1. B. i. p. 71, 

no. 888 (1809) ; Salvin, Trans. Z. S. ix. p. 176 (1876). 
ffirundo modesta, Neboux, Rev. Zool. 1810, p. 291; Sundev. P. Z. S. 1871, p. 125. 

P. minor : unicolor : fasciis albis ad latera dorsi imi sitis absentibus. 

Hab. in insulis Galapagensibus. 

Adult. Similar to P. purpurea, but smaller, and having no silky white feathers either on the sides of the 
back or sides of the flanks. Total length 6"5 inches, culmen O'-io, wing 1"95, tail2"7, tarsus - 45. 

The female is described by Dr. Neboux as being smaller than the male, and of a greyish-brown colour. 

Hab. Galapagos Islands. 

This species is apparently confined to the Galapagos Islands, where it was discovered by 
the late Mr. Charles Darwin. He found it on James Island, and, during the expedition 
of the 'Venus,' Dr. Neboux met with it on Charles Island. Dr. Ilabel, according to 
Mr. Salvin, saw the species on Indefatigable Island, but did not bring home any specimens. 

Mr. Darwin's note on the species is as follows : — 

" This bird was observed only on this one island of the group, and it was there very 
far from common. It frequented a bold cliff of lava overhanging the sea. Had not 
Mr. Gould characterized it as a distinct species, I should have considered it only as a 
small variety, produced by an uncongenial site, of the Progne purpurea. I can perceive 
no difference whatever from that bird, excepting in its less size, slenderness of limbs, 
and less deeply forked tail ; and the latter difference may perhaps be owing to youth." 

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Hirondelle cle S. Domingue, Briss. Om. ii. p. 493 (1760). 

JELlrondelle cVAmerique, Daubent. PI. Enl. vii. pi. 545. fig. 1. 

Le Grand Martinet noir a ventre blanc, Montb. Hist. Nat. Ois. vi. p. 669 (1799). 

St. Domingo Sioallow, Lath. Gen. Syn. ii. pt. 2, p. 573 (17S3). 

Hirundo dominicensis, Gin. Syst. Nat. i. p. 1025 (1788) ; Vieill. Ois. Anter. Sept. 

p. 59, pis. 28, 29 (1S07) ; E. C. Taylor, Ibis, 1861, p. 166. 
Hirundo albiventris, Vieill. N. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xiv. p. 533 (1817). 
Progne dominicensis, Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 59 (1815) ; Jard. Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 

xviii. p. 120 (1846) ; Gosse, B. Jamaica, p. 69 (1847) ; Bp. Consp. i. p. 337 (1850) ; 

Sclater, P. Z. S. 1857, p. 232 ; March, Pr. Philad. Acad. 1863, p. 295 ; Baird, 

Review Amer. B. p. 279 (1864) ; Bryant, Proc. Bost. Soc. N. H. x. p. 252, xi. 

p. 94 (1866) ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 74, no. 891 (1869) ; Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. 

Av. Neotr. p. 14 (1873) ; Scl. P. Z. S. 1876, p. 14; Lawr. Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus. i. 

pp. 56, 269, 487 (1878) ; Gundl. J. f. O. 1874, p. 311 ; A. & E. Newt. Handb. 

Jamaica, 1881, p. 107 ; Salv. Cat. Strickl. Coll. p. 153 (1882) ; Cory, B. Haiti and 

St. Domingo, p. 44 (1SS4) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 176 (1885) ; 

Cory, List B. West Indies, p. 10 (1S86) ; id. B. West Ind. p. 70 (1889). 

P. pectore et abdornine albis : gutture toto et prtepectore lsete purpureis dorso concoloribus. 
Hab. in insulis maris Caribbei. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy purplish blue ; the scapulars and lesser wing-coverts like the 
back ; median and greater wing-coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills blackish, ex- 
ternally glossed with dull blue, the inner webs of the quills internally brown ; tail-feathers blue- 
black, browner on the inner webs ; lores velvety black ; sides of face, ear- coverts, cheeks, throat, 
chest, and sides of body aud flanks glossy purplish blue like the back ; centre of breast, abdomen, 
and under tail-coverts pure white, the lateral under tail-coverts with a shade of dusky slate-colour 
towards the end of the outer web ; the blue breast-feathers adjoining the white centre of the body 
either edged with white, or else white on the outer web and blue on the inner; thighs dusky 
brown ; on the sides of the breast a few concealed silky-white plumes, adjoining which on the 
sides of the back is another patch of silky white, which is entirely hidden by the closed wings; 
axillaries and under wing-coverts glossed with blue ; quills dusky blackish below : " iris dark 
hazel" (Gosse). Total length 7 inches, culmen O'o, wing 5"G5, tail 325, tarsus 055. 

Adult female. Duller in colour than the male, but having the same white belly and under tail-coverts. 
General colour of the upper surface brown, glossed with purplish blue or dull purplish blue, with 


brown bases to the feathers ; throat, chest, and sides of body brown. Total length 7 inches, cul- 
men 0-45, wing 5-45, tail 2"9, tarsus 0'6. 

Young. Much browner than the adults, with only a slight blue gloss ; quills fringed with whity brown ; 
bill yellow at gape. 

The following measurements are taken from the series of specimens in the British Museum : — 

Total length. Wing. Tail. Tarsus, 

in. in. in. in. 

a. c? ad. Spanishtown [W. T. March) 69 5-7 2*8 05 

b. S ad. Jamaica » 7-2 5-6 2-8 055 

c. S ad. „ {Mus. Salvin % Godman) 7-0 5'7 2"8 0"55 

d. Juv. „ „ 6-8 5-45 2"75 0-55 

e. ? ad. „ {TV. T. March) 7-3 5-6 2-8 0-5 

/. S ad. Porto Rico {H. Bryant) 6'8 5"6 2'8 0-55 

g. $ ad. „ „ 6-8 5-8 2-9 055 

h. $ ad. „ „ 6-9 5-55 2-8 0'5 

i. $ ad. „ „ 7-3 5-65 2-8 0-55 

ft. $ ad. „ „ 6-8 55 2-75 0-55 

I $ ad. „ {Dr. Gundlach) 7-0 5-5 2-55 0"55 

m. Juv. „ {Swift) 7-3 5-4 2'6 0"55 

n. Juv. „ „ 7-3 5-25 2-7 (V55 

o. $ ad. „ (G. Latimer) 7-0 5'5 2-55 0"55 

p. J 1 juv. S. Domingo (C. G. MacGregor) 6 - 5 5 - 55 2 - 6 - 55 

q. $ ad. Dominica {F. A. Oder) 7S 5'7 2'8 0'5 

r. $ ad. S. Lucia {Semper) 6'7 5 - 15 2'45 0'5 

The female of P. dominicensis and the young birds are very difficult to distinguish from Progne 
chalybea, and, indeed, the young of the two species are quite inseparable. The old female of 
P. dominicensis appears to have the throat more ashy brown than the same sex of P. chalybea, which 
is decidedly duller brown. There are generally also some small dusky shaft-streaks on the throat 
and breast in P. chalybea, of which we can find uo trace in P. dominicensis. 

Hab. S. Domingo, Jamaica, and the Lesser Antilles. 

This beautiful species is confined to the "West-Indian Islands, and is a well-known 
inhabitant of Jamaica. It also occurs in San Domingo. Mr. Cory found it not un- 
common near Samana, and states that although none were taken elsewhere, it is probably 
abundant in some localities. We have seen several specimens from Porto Bico, where 
it was found to be very plentiful by Mr. E. C. Taylor in 1863. 

In Dominica, Mr. F. Ober writes, " the first seen was shot at Mountain Lake, 
2300 feet above the sea-level, on the 23rd of March ; later in the season I found a few 
on the Atlantic side, in June, breeding in the cliffs at Batalie, on the Caribbean shore." 
The same traveller also met with the species in the islands of Martinique and Grenada. 
One specimen only was observed on the latter island, and it is probably rarer on the 
southern islands of the Lesser Antilles. The late Sir William Jardine (Ann. & Mag. 

Nat. Hist, xviii. 1846, p. 120) gives an account of Progne clominicensis in the island of 
Tobago, from the notes of Mr. Kirk ; hut we believe that the species of Purple Martin 
inhabiting that island will turn out to be Progne cliahjbea, with which P. clominicensis 
was confounded by naturalists for a great many years. 

Mr. Gosse gives the following account of the species : — - 

" In Jamaica it is very common, at least in the lowlands and inferior mountain- 
ranges, during the summer ; some remain with us during the winter, but as there is a 
very marked diminution of their numbers, I conclude that a large body of them migrate 
on the approach of that season, probably to Central America. About the end of March 
we see them in great numbers, assembled early in the morning on the topmost branches 
of the lofty cotton-trees, which at that season are leafless. On these they crowd so 
closely, side by side, that I have known five to be killed at one discharge. In the 
autumn we observe exactly the same habit, and perhaps we may trace some analogy here 
to those periodical congregations of other species which are known to be connected with 

" The Blue Swallow has the same propensity to bring up his family in 

darkness as his purple brother. The stipe of an old palm, whose porous centre decays, 
while the iron fibres of the exterior remain strong, is his ordinary resort. At the 
beginning of April, I observed several pairs flying in and out of holes, bored, I suppose, 
by the Woodpecker, in the stipe of a dead cocoanut still tall and erect, but a mere 
leafless post, tottering in the breeze and ready to fall. At the middle of May, Sam 
observed several pairs flying in and out of holes, about two inches in diameter, beneath 
the eaves of Belmont house. 

" Near the end of June, when on my wav in a coasting-boat from Bluefields to 
Kingston, I was lying wind-bound in Starvegut Bay. There the inhospitable shore is 
strewn with immense fragments of limestone rock, honeycombed and fretted into holes, 
through which the surf breaking furiously, finds vent in perpendicular jets and spouts 
of water, or iu columns of spray resembling steam from an engine-pipe, accompanied 
with a crashing roar. Yet I observed with interest that the Blue Swallows were frequent- 
ing these rocks, and I noticed one repeatedly going in and out of a small hole near the 
summit of a rugged mass, separated from the shore, and completely isolated from the 
boiling surf. Lansdown Guilding, in some notes on the Zoology of the Caribbean Islands 
(Zool. Journ. iii. p. 408), observes: 'We have but few of this family in St. Vincent : 
among them is a Swallow, which roosts and, I believe, builds in the rock of the sea-shore.' 
' It is curious,' he adds, ' to observe the bird in calm weather skimming patiently along the 
sea in search of insects, evidently ignorant of the fact that they are confined to fresh 
water, and do not sport on the surface of salt waters.' I cannot agree, however, with 
this accomplished naturalist here : that the Swallows do occasionally skim over the sea, 
is undeniable ; and that gnats and other minute insects are also in the habit of frequent- 
ing the salt water, though not in such numbers as over the fresh ponds and rivers, is no 
less certain, at least in Jamaica." 

Mr. W. T. March has also published the accompanying note on the species in 
Jamaica : — 

" Though sometimes met with domiciled in buildings, the Progne still manifests its 
peculiar predilection for dark places. In the office of the Island Secretary, in Spianish 
Town, they resort to the ceiled roofs of the upper story, entering through holes found 
under the eaves, where they live and carry on the work of incubation iu total darkness. 
At each end of the House of Assembly is a hole drilled through the brick wall for the 
insertion of a pipe for carrying off the surplus water from the drip and water-jars ; in 
consequence of some alterations made in this respect, the pipes were removed and the 
holes stopped up from within, but left open outwardly ; in each of these holes the Progne 
builds every year. In the mountains, caves and hollow trees are chosen for the nesting- 
places. The nest is composed of an odd mixture of shreds of cloth, silk, paper, leaves, 
grass, twigs, etc., all loosely put together with a lining of down and feathers. In Spanish 
Town the nest is composed principally of the soft, flexible portion of the seed-pods of the 
Catalpa longisslma. The eggs are round, oval, clear white, 15-16ths by ll-16ths of an 
inch. The species is musical. It is one of the phases of the naturalist's barometer, as 
wdienever, though the atmosphere be clear and dry, the Progne perches on the weather- 
cock or lightning-rod, on the highest points of the house top, or on the topmost twigs 
of some lofty tree, chanting its incantation, cloudy weather and rain will surely follow 
within 24 hours. I believe stragglers of this species remain during the winter months. 
Several species of the migratory Hirundlnes traverse the island from north to south in 
the autumn, and from south to north in the spring. They pass in considerable numbers 
high overhead. Sometimes in squally weather their flight is lower, skimming rapidly 
along, rarely alighting, and then only for a few seconds. I have on several occasions 
had some passing glimpses of some alighting for a moment at some water puddle in 
the road or street, but these opportunities are rare. On one occasion I saw distinctly 
some large Martins with ashy-blue backs, and others were black Swallows. I observed 
and heard several flocks pass over in September of 1SG2, but they were too high to 

The descriptions are from birds in the British Museum, and the figures have been 
taken from specimens in the Salvin-Godman collection. 



Golondrina domestica, Azara, Apunt. ii. p. 502, no. 300 (1805). 

Hirundo domestica, Vieill. N. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xiv. p. 520 (1817). 

Progne domestica, Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 59 (1815) ; id. Cat. Pissir. Brit. Mus. p. 28 

(1848) ; Bp. Consp. i. p. 337 (1850) ; Cab. Mus. Hein. Tli. i. p. 51 (1850) ; Barm. 

La-Plata Reis. ii. p. 477 (1861) ; Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 2S2, note (1864) ; 

Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 75, no. S93 (1869) ; Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1S69, p. 159 ; 

Pelz. Orn. Bras. pp. 17, 402 (1871); Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 177 

Progne dominicensis (nee 6m.), Burin. Tli. Bras. iii. p. 141 (1856). 
Progne elegans, Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 74, no. 888 (1869). 
Progne chalybea (nee Gm.), Hudson, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 606 ; Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1873, 

p. 258, 1879, p. 495 ; White, P. Z. S. 1S82, p. 595 ; Barrows, Bull. Nutt. Orn. 

Club, viii. p. 8S (1883) ; Scl. & Hudson, Argent. Orn. i. p. 25 (1888). 
Progne purpurea (nee L.), Durnford, Ibis, 1877, p. 168 ; Gibson, Ibis, 1880, p. 22. 
Progne chalybea domestica, Berlepsch & Ihering, Zeitschr. ges. Orn. ii. p. 116 


P. similis P. chalybea, seel major. 

Hub. in Brasilia meridionali-orientali et in. republica Argentina. 

Adult male. General colour above bright purplish blue, the lesser and median wing-coverts like the 
back ; greater wing-coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, quills, and tail-feathers black, with 
a gloss of steel-hlue externally; lores blackish; ear-coverts and sides of neck glossy purplish blue 
like the upper parts; cheeks dark smoky brown, tipped minutely with purplish blue; throat and 
fore neck and chest pale ashy, with minute dusky shaft-lines, and obscured with margins of ashy 
whitish, broader on the chest where they join the white breast ; sides of the upper breast with 
crescentic tips of purplish blue ; breast and abdomen and under tail-coverts pure white ; thighs 
white, with dusky bases ; flanks and sides of the body pale smoky brown, with dusky shaft- 
streaks ; a patch of silky-white feathers on the sides of the lower back ; feathers on the sides of 
the rump white with blue centres ; axillaries smoky brown washed w r ith blue ; under wing-coverts 
smoky brown, with blackish shaft-stripes, the outer ones edged with white. Total length 8 
inches, culinen 0'5, wing 5 - 75, tail 3"2, tarsus 0'55. 

Hub. South-eastern Brazil, Argentine Republic. 

This is a large race of the common South- American Progne chalybea, and it has usually 

been considered by naturalists to be identical with that species, but is decidedly worthy 
of recognition as a race. It is the bird spoken of by Azara as the Golondrina domestica 
of Paraguay, and it is apparently plentiful in the neighbourhood of Buenos Ayres. Dr. 
von Ihering has procured it at Taquara, in the province of Rio Grande do Sul, and 
specimens from Santa Catarina are in the Salvin and Godman collection. The examples 
obtained by Natterer in the neighbourhood of Ypanema and Rio de Janeiro may belong 
in all probability to this large race of P. chahjbea. 

Dr. Burmeister states that it is common throughout the whole of the La Plata 
region, and Mr. Hudson states that the extreme limit of its range is about 250 miles 
south of the city of Buenos Ayres. He observes : — " It was well called ' Golondrina 
domestica ' by Azara, being pre-eminently a domestic bird in its habits. It never breeds 
in banks, as the Patagonian Purple Martin often does, or in the domed nests of other 
birds in trees, a situation always resorted to by the Tree-Martin, and occasionally by our 
Common Swallow; but is so accustomed to the companionship of man, as to make its 
home in populous towns as well as in country-houses. It arrives in Buenos Ayres 
about the middle of September, and apparently resorts to the same breeding-place every 
year. A hole under the eaves is usually selected, and the nest is roughly built of dry 
grass, hair, feathers, and other materials. When the entrance to its breeding-hole is too 
large, it closes it up with mud mixed with straw ; if there be two entrances, it stops up 
one altogether. The bird does not often require to use mud in building ; it is the only 
one of our Swallows that uses such a material at all. The eggs are white, long, pointed, 
and five in number. 

" In the season of courtship this Martin is a noisy, pugnacious bird, and always, 
when quitting its nest, utters an exceedingly loud startling cry, several times repeated. 
It also has a song, uttered both when resting and when on the wing, composed of several 
agreeable modulated notes, and in a thick rolling intonation peculiar to our Swallows. 
This song does not sound loud when near, yet it can be distinctly heard when the bird 
appears but a speck in the distance. I may here remark that, with the exception of the 
Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, which possesses a sharp squeaky voice, like the Swallows of 
Europe, all our Hirundines have soft voices : their usual twittering when they are 
circling about resembles somewhat the chirping of the English House-Sparrow in tone, 
but besides these notes they possess a song more pleasing to the ear. Before leaving in 
February, these birds congregate in parties of from twenty to four or five hundred, 
usually on the broad leafy top of an old ombu tree." 

This is doubtless the species spoken of by Mr. Durnford and Mr. Gibson under the 
name of P. purpurea, as nesting near Buenos Ayres. In the ' Catalogue of Birds ' we 
referred their notices to Progne furcata, but Mr. Hudson expressly states that this 
species does not breed in the above-mentioned locality. Mr. Durnford says : — 

" The dates of arrival and departure of this bird are about the same as those of 
P. tapera. The young are on the wing early in Eebruary. Common both in the town 
and country, breeding freely in chinks in walls, under the eaves of houses, and holes in 

trees. Pre-eminently a homely bird. During the summer its loud harsh notes, uttered 
whilst on the wing, may he constantly heard, but when resting on a telegraph-wire or 
twig of a tree it has quite a pretty little song." 

Mr. Gibson's note is as follows : — 

"Abundant near Buenos Ayres; coming in the first week of September, and leaving 
about the end of March. Immediately on their arrival tbey begin to examine their old 
nesting-sites ; but the eggs do not seem to be laid till much later, and I have taken fresh 
ones towards the end of November. These sites are crannies in tbe eaves or sables of 
any building, or various similar situations ; but the nest is never so isolated from one 
contiguous beam or wall as to necessitate its being entirely built of mud, that material 
being only used to close up the open sides and leave but one entrance-hole. The mud 
is very coarsely mixed, sometimes with a good deal of grass in it. The lining consists 
merely of some dry grass. One of their favourite localities is a beam underneath the 
eaves of our large wool-store, just at the doorway. It says much for their familiarity 
that the constant traffic does not deter them from building there. The eggs are of a 
beautiful white, pear-shaped, and average f^xft; six is the largest clutch I have taken." 

He likewise observes : — " There were two entirely black specimens which used to 
appear annually at the head station ; but I have not seen them for the last year or two." 
These were probably P. purpurea on a winter visit from North America, but they may 
well have been P. furcata. At any rate the mere fact that such a careful observer as 
Mr. Gibson thinks it worth while to allude to these wholly Black Martins as distinct 
from the ordinary species of Buenos Ayres seems to prove that one of the above-named 
species occasionally visits Buenos Ayres. 

Mr. Barrows, in his account of the Birds of Lower Uruguay, writes as follows : — 

" All the Swallows are known as ' Golondrmas? and when it is desired to indicate a 
particular species an appropriate adjective is used. The present species arrives at Con- 
cepcion from the north somewhat later than the smaller Swallows, and is not so abundant, 
though its voice is usually heard at any hour of the day during the breeding-season. 
During October and November the nests are built — usually in hollows — beneath the 
eaves of houses and sheds. On October 22nd, 1880, I spent nearly the whole afternoon 
in watching several hundreds of this species and P. tapera, catching dragon-flies. A high, 
cold, south wind (' pampero ') was blowing, and the dragon-flies were massed by thousands 
on the leeward sides of the bushes near the top of a bluff. Benumbed with the cold 
they only flew when hard pressed, and were then almost inevitably swept by the wiad 
directly into the waiting mouths of the birds. Selecting a bush on which a peck or 
two of the insects were clinging, I would dislodge them by a sudden shake, and in an 
instant they became the centre of a flock of voracious birds, which seemed to have lost 
all fear, and were intent only on the helpless insects, which were snapped up often 
within a foot or two of my face. 

" The dragon-flies were of a medium size, having a spread of perhaps 2 A to 3 
inches. They did not cling to each other like bees or locusts, but simply crowded as 

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near as possible, clinging so thickly to twigs and leaves as to hide entirely the colour 
of .the foliage, and transform green mimosas into shapeless masses of grey and 


Tins species so closely resembles Progne chalybea that we do not consider it worth 

while to figure it. 

C W W. del 

Mmtern Bros. imp. 




Hirondelle de Cayenne, Briss. Orn. if. p. 495, pi. xlv. fig. 1 (1760). 

Chalybeate Swallow, Lath. Gen. Syn. ii. pt. 2, p. 574 (1783). 

Hirundo chalybea, Gm. Syst. Nat. i. p. 1026 (1788) ; Neuwied, Beitr. Naturg. Bras. 

iii. p. 354 (1830). 
Cecrojiis chalybea, Less. Compl. Buff. viii. p. 498 (1837). 
Progne chalybea, Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 59 (1845) ; id. Cat. Eissir. Brit. Mus. p. 28 

(1848); Bp. Consp. i. p. 337 (1850) ; Cab. Mus. Hein. Tli. i. p. 51 (1850); Cass. 

111. B. Calif, p. 216 (1850); Cab. J. f. O. 1860, p. 402 ; Cass. Proc. Philad. Acad. 

1860, p. 133 ; Lawr. Ann. Lye. N. Y. vii. p. 318 (1861) ; Baird, Beview Amer. 

B. p. 282, note (1864) ; Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1864, p. 348 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. 

p. 74, no. 887 (1869); Layard, Ibis, 1873, pp. 375, 377; Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. 

Av. Neotr. p. 14 (1873) ; iid. P. Z. S. 1873, p. 258, 1879, p. 495 ; Salv. Cat. 

Strickl. Coll. p. 154 (1882) ; id. & Godm. Biol. Centr.-Amer., Aves, i. p. 224 

(1883) ; Tacz. Orn. Perou, i. p. 237 (1884) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. 

p. 178 (1885) ; Salvin, Ibis, 1885, p. 205. 
Progne domestica (non V.), Gray, Cat. Eissir. Brit. Mus. p. 28 (1848). 
Progne dominicensis (non Gm.), Gray, Cat. Eissir. Brit. Mus. p. 28 (1848) ; Cab. 

Mus. Hein. Tli. i. p. 51 (1850) ; Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 10 

(1853); Sclater, P. Z. S. 1857, p. 201, 1859, p. 364, I860, p. 292; Scl. & Salv. 

Ibis, 1859, p. 13 ; Salv. Ibis, 1859, p. 466 ; G. C. Taylor, Ibis, 1860, p. 110 ; 

Owen, Ibis, 1861, p. 61 ; Sclater, Cat. Amer. B. p. 38 (1862) ; Salvin, Ibis, 1866, 

p. 203; Von Erantz. J. f. O. 1869, p. 294; Sclater, P. Z. S. 1S72, p. 606, note. 
Progne purjmrea (non L.), Cab. in Schomb. Beis. Guian. iii. p. 671 (1848). 
Progne leucogastra, Baird, Beview Amer. B. p. 280 (1864) ; Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 

1867, pp. 569, 749, 754 ; Lawr. Ann. Lye. N. Y. ix. p. 96 (1868) ; Gray, Hand-1. 

B. i. p. 75, no. 892 (1869); Sumichr. Mem. Bost. Soc. N. H. i. p. 547 (1869); 

Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1870, p. 836 ; AVyatt, Ibis, 1871, p. 323 ; Lawr. Bull. IT. S. 

Nat. Mus. no. 4, p. 17 (1876) ; Bidgw. Pr. U. S. Nat. Mus. iii. p. 175 (1880) ; 

Nutting, op. cit. v. p. 391 (1882). 

P. supra nitide chalybeo-nigra : subtus alba, gutture et pnepectorc fumoso-brurmeis lateraliter purpureo 

Hub. in America centrali et in America meridionali usque ad Boliviam et Brasiliam meridionalem. 


Adult male. General colour above glossy dark purple, with a concealed spot of white on the sides of the 
lower back, the feathers composing this spot being white, "with more or less purple towards the 
tip of the inner web ; lesser and median wing-coverts like the back ; greater coverts, bastard- 
wing, primary-coverts, and quills black, externally dull blue ; upper tail-coverts like the back ; 
tail-feathers blackish glossed witli blue ; lores velvety black ; cheeks and ear-coverts black washed 
with purplish blue ; throat and chest dark smoky brown, the fore neck and chest with hoary grey 
margins to the feathers, the throat rather darker and having dusky blackish shaft-stripes ; sides 
of the upper breast more or less purplish blue, the feathers tipped with the latter colour, which 
extends some way down the sides of the body ; entire abdomen, flanks, and under tail-coverts 
white ; the white feathers of the lower breast where they adjoin the brown throat washed with 
smoky brown and having blackish shaft-streaks ; axillaries dark purplish blue with brown bases ; 
under wing-coverts dark sooty brown washed with blue; quills dusky below, lighter brown along 
their inner face : " bill brownish horn-black ; legs dark fleshy brown ; iris dark greyish brown " 
(Neuwied). Total length 6 - 6 inches, culmen 055, wing 5, tail 2 - 75, tarsus 0'5. 

The female differs from the male in being duller blue and not so purple, but is otherwise similarly 
coloured. On the sides of the upper breast the blue ends to the feathers are less conspicuous 
and duller blue. 

Young. Much more dingily coloured than the adults. Above sooty-brown slightly glossed with blue, 
the feathers having more or less obsolete pale margins ; wing-coverts also dull blue with pale 
brown edges ; quills and tail-feathers blackish glossed with steel-blue or greenish ; lores dusky ; 
cheeks, ear-coverts, and sides of neck brown, as well as the sides of the breast and flanks ; throat 
and chest pale brown, the feathers of the latter edged with white ; breast, abdomen, and under 
tail-coverts pure white ; axillaries smoky brown ; under wing-coverts brown edged with white. 
Tail less foi'ked than in the adult. 

Sometimes the under tail-coverts exhibit a brown shaft-streak, and still more rarely a pale 
shade of brown in the centre, but never to the extent of P. purpurea or P. furcata. The white 
belly and under tail-coverts in both the old and young birds are generally sufficient to distinguish 
the species. 

The wing varies somewhat in specimens from different localities, as will be seen from the 
following list : — 

Those from Mexico have the wing 5 - 45 inches. 

,, „ Yucatan „ „ „ o'lo „ 

„ „ Guatemala „ „ „ 5T-5'65 „ 

„ „ Honduras „ „ „ 5-3 „ 

„ ,, Costa Rica „ „ „ 5'0-5'3 „ 

,, „ Panama „ „ „ 5-0o-o'4>o „ 

„ „ Colombia „ „ „ 5-0 „ 

„ „ Ecuador „ „ „ 53 „ 

„ Trinidad „ „ „ 5"0 „ 

„ „ Guiana „ „ „ 4'9-5T5 „ 

„ ,, Upper Amazons „ „ „ 4*7-5 - „ 

„ Para „ „ „ 5-0-5-3 

„ „ Bolivia „ „ „ 5-4 „ 

Thus it appears that the Central-American specimens are, on the whole, a little larger than 
those from South America. 

The changes of plumage in this species are not properly understood, and whether seasonal 
differences exist we have not heen able to make out. The young birds are brown with scarcely 
any gloss, and whatever lustre there be is of a greenish tint. There seems to be nothing of the 
pale-edged feathers which are found in the young of P. purpurea, and in most specimens of the 
latter there are distinct purple spots on the upper throat. 

In the breeding-season the throat becomes extremely dark, and there are distinct blue-tipped 
feathers on the sides of the fore neck and chest. In the winter plumage adults apparently have 
ashy margins to the feathers of these parts, but we have not been able to trace the chauges at 
different seasons with any degree of certainty. At one period of its life P. purpurea has a white 
breast, and is very similar to P. chalybea. It has, however, always a longer wing (5 - 45-5 - 9), 
and has the breast more coarsely streaked with blackish shaft-lines. There are generally also 
some blue feathers on the chin or throat, which proclaim the species. 

Hab. Throughout Central America and the greater part of South America, as far as Southern Brazil 
and Bolivia. 

Brisson appears to have been the first naturalist to describe this Purple Martin, calling 
it ' L'Hirondelle de Cayenne.' Neither his description nor his figure are sufficiently 
accurate to determine for a certainty that they were intended for P. chalybea, and not 
for a young individual of P. purpurea, a species which also visits Cayenne in its 

The references to Montbeillard (Hist. Nat. Ois. vi. p. 675) and to Daubenton (PI. 
Enl. vii. pi. 545. fig. 2), made by us in the ' Catalogue of Birds,' do not seem really to 
refer to the present species, though they are considered by both Latham and Gnielin so 
to do. Latham's description, however, of the ' Chalybeate Swallow ' answers tolerably 
to our bird, and this name Gmelin latinized into Hirundo chalybea, by which title the 
species is now widely known and recognized by the best authorities. 

Mr. Cassin included this species in his ' Birds of California,' where, he says, it was 
first met with by Mr. John Bell of New York, but he himself subsequently saw several 
examples from that country. Mr. Bidgway (Proc. IT. S. Nat. Mus. iii. p. 236) has 
very properly placed the species amongst those whose claim to be considered North- 
American is doubtful, and there can be no question that Cassin mistook a stage of 
P. purpurea for P. chalybea. 

The records of most observers in the field are very similar with regard to the habits 
of this species, and it appears to breed throughout the wide extent of country recorded 
below. In Mexico it has been met with by Salle at S. Andres Tuxtla, at Jalapa by Le 
Oca, and in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec by the late Colonel Grayson. Professor 
Sumichrast states that it inhabits the hot and temperate region, and is found on the 
shores of both oceans, but does not extend into the department of Vera Cruz, further 
than to the height of 1200 metres. It nests at Orizaba in the steeples of churches and 
old buildings. 

In Guatemala it was noticed in many places by Messrs. Salvin and Godman, but 
principally in the low-lying districts, the greatest height at which the travellers observed 


it being Duehas, nearly 5000 feet above the sea. Mr. R. Owen forwarded the eggs from 
San Geronimo. Capt. Dow procured it at Acajutla in the State of San Salvador, and 
Mr. Salvin noticed the species at La Union. 

Mr. Dyson forwarded specimens from Honduras, where also Mr. G. Whitely met 
with it. Mr. G. C. Taylor writes from the same country : — " Swallows were common, 
especially at Comayagua and in the neighbourhood of churches. I shot one on the 
wing, while standing in the Plaza, in front of the Cathedral in Comayagua, to the great 
astonishment of many of the inhabitants, who had evidently never before seen anything 
shot while in motion. It measured 7 inches in length, and 13| in extent." In Costa 
Rica it has been sent from San Jose by Hoffmann, and Von Frantzius states that 
it occurs mostly in the towns. Arce sent specimens from Nicoya, where Mr. Nutting 
also found it abundant. M'Leannan procured it near Lion Hill Station in Panama, 
and Arce on the Volcano of Chiriqui. 

In Colombia Mr. Wyatt states that he shot immature specimens at Catamucho, 
in the Magdalena valley. Mr. Salvin met with it at Remedios, in Antioquia, and 
a specimen procured by Mr. L. Eraser at Esmeraldas, in Ecuador, is in the Sclater 
Collection. We have not seen any examples from Venezuela, though the species 
doubtless occurs in that country, and a specimen from Trinidad is in the British 
Museum. Throughout Guiana it is also dispersed, Mr. C. Bartlett having procured it 
at Albina, in Surinam, and Mr. "Whitely having sent a considerable series from Bartica 
Grove, in British Guiana. 

Mr. Wallace's collection contained specimens from the island of Mexiana and from 
Para. Writing from the latter place, Mr. E. L. Layard says : — " I first saw this large 
Swallow on Christmas-day. A little flock of them were flying to and out of a hole in a 
hollow tree in the square near my house ; some of them carried dry grass bents, appa- 
rently, and portions of soft lichens gathered from trees. On the 28th I shot one, a 
female, with the ovaries much distended. No others were about that day ; but I 
subsequently procured them in the same locality, and at a farm-house near Para. They 
perch readily and habitually on trees." 

Mr. Edward Bartlett met with this species in many places in Eastern Peru, viz. at 
Xeberos, Urimaguas, Chyavetas, and Camiraros, and he says that it " breeds like a Wood- 
pecker, in holes and trunks of trees." 

Prince Maximilian does not apparently distinguish between the ordinary P. chalybea 
and the larger race, P. domestica. He says " it is the commonest Swallow in Brazil, where 
it affects human habitations, after the manner of the House-Martin and Swallow of 
Europe. Like these, it has a swift and graceful flight, and they are fond of perching 
on lofty buildings and the crosses on the churches, where whole rows of them may be 
seen. In the districts away from mankind, and on the remote sea-coast, as, for instance, 
between the estuaries of the rivers Doce and Biacho and other places, where there are 
rocks in the sea, these Swallows doubtless nest in the clefts of some of the ledges ; but 
whether they do so in the holes of the clay-built walls, I cannot affirm for certain. 

They are everywhere known by the name of Andurinha, like the rest of the Swallows." 
The remarks made by the author about the changes of plumage show that the Prince 
confounded this species and P. purpurea together, as he speaks of the full-plumaged 
birds as being entirely blue. 

The localities given by Herr von Pelzeln for the Swallows collected by Natterer 
show that he also did not regard P. domestica as a distinct race. The specimens obtained 
by Natterer at Caicara were probably P. chahjbea, while those from Ypanema and Rio 
de Janeiro were in all likelihood P. domestica. One specimen collected by Mr. Bridges 
in Bolivia is in the British Museum. 

The eggs of this species sent from Guatemala by Mr. R. Owen were white and 
measured : axis # 85, diam. -65 inch. 

The description of the plumage is taken from the series in the National Collection, 
while the figures are drawn from specimens in the Salvin-Godman Collection. 







Mmtem Bros . inq 




P'fflrondelle de VAmerique, Briss. Orn. ii. p. 502, pi. 45. fig. 3 (1760). 

Sirundo tapera, Linn. Syst. Nat. i. p. 345 (1766). 

Golondrina de la Parda, Azara, Apunt. ii. p. 505 (1805). 

Sirundo fusca, Vieill. N. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xiv. p. 510 (1817) ; Baird, Review 

Amer. B. p. 285. 
Sirundo pascuum, Neuwied, Beitr. Naturg. Bras. iii. p. 360 (1830). 
Cecropis tapera, Less. Compl. Buff. viii. p. 498 (1837). 
Progne fusca, Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 59 (1845) ; id. Cat. Fissir. Brit. Mus. p. 28 

(184S) ; Bp. Consp. i. p. 337 (1850) ; Cab. Mus. Hem. Th. i. p. 51 (1850) ; Cass. 

Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 10 (1853) ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 75, no. 895 

Progne tapera, Cab. in Scbonib. Eeis. Guian. iii. p. 672 (1848) ; id. Mus. BZein. Th. i. 

p. 51 (1850) ; Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 10 (1853) ; Sclater, Cat. 

Anier. B. p. 38 (1862) ; id. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1866, p. 178, 1867, pp. 569, 749, 1868, 

pp. 139, 627; Wyatt, Ibis, 1871, p. 323; Scl. P. Z. S. 1872, p. 606; id. & Salv. 

Nomencl. Av. Neotr. p. 14 (1873) ; iid. P. Z. S. 1873, p. 258, 1879, p. 595 ; Tacz. 

P. Z. S. 1877, p. 320 ; Durnford, Ibis, 1877, p. 168 ; Gibson, Ibis, 1880, p. 23 ; 

White, P. Z. S. 1882, p. 595 ; Salv. Cat. Strickl. Coll. p. 154 (1882) ; Barrows, 

Bull. Nutt. Orn. Club, viii. p. 89 (1883) ; Tacz. Orn. Perou, i. p. 236 (1884) ; 

Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit, Mus. x. pp. 180, 633 (1885) ; Scl. & Hudson, Argent. 

Orn. i. p. 26 (1888). 
Progne pascuum, Bp. Consp. i. p. 337 (1850); Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 75, no. 896 

Cotyle lapera, Burrn. Th. Bras. iii. p. 143 (1856) ; id. Eeis. La-Plata, ii. p. 477 (1861). 
Progne (Phceoprogne) tapera, Baird, Eeview Amer. B. p. 286 (1864). 
Progne (Phceoprogne) fusca , Baird, t. e. p. 285 (1864). 
Petrochelidon tapera, Pelz. Orn. Bras. p. 17 (1871). 
Cotyle tapera, Burm. Th. Bras. iii. p. 143 (1856). 

Progne (Phceoprogne) tapera, Baird, B,eview Amer. B. p. 2S6 (1S64). 
Progne {Phceoprogne) fusca, Baird, t. c. p. 285 (1864). 
Petrochelidon tapera, Pelz. Orn. Bras. p. 17 (1871). 

P. brunnea, prEepectore dorso concolore : gula et eorpore subtus albis, pectore medio brunneo ovatira 

Hub. in regione NeotropicA. 

Adult. General colour above glossy brown ; the wing-coverts dark brown, edged with whity brown ; 
bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills blackish brown, with scarcely any paler margins, 
excepting on the secondaries, the innermost of which are paler brown externally, with whity- 
brown margins near the tips ; upper tail-coverts like the back, with slight indications of paler 
edges, more or less obsolete ; tail-feathers blackish brown, with a narrow fringe of whity brown 
along the edge towards the tip of the inner web ; crown of head brown, the forehead blackish, 
the rest of the crown slightly mottled with blackish centres to the feathers ; lores dusky brown ; 
ear-coverts uniform brown ; cheeks paler and more ashy brown ; throat ashy white ; fore neck and 
chest ashy brown in the centre, darker brown on the sides as well as on the sides of the body and 
flanks, the feathers on the lower flanks being white externally, brown internally ; breast, abdomen, 
thighs, and under tail-coverts white ; in the centre of the breast a longitudinal streak of dark 
brown, the feathers forming which are dark brown on the inner and whitish on the outer webs ; 
axillaries and under wing-coverts brown, with whitish tips to the feathers; quills dusky brown 
below, more ashy brown along the inner face of the quills : " legs blackish brown ; bill dark horn 
greyish brown; iris dark" (Newwied). Total length 7 inches, culmen 05, wing 5"5, tail 2'65, 
tarsus 0"55. 

The sexes are alike in plumage, and the following are the dimensions of the series in the British 
Museum : — 

Total length. "Wing. Tail. Tarsus, 

in. in. in. in. 

a. Ad. Rio Grande (Plant) 7'0 55 2v 06 

b. Ad. La Plata (W. H. Hudson) 7'0 5"35 2-55 05 

c. ? ad. Buenos Ayres {E. W. White) 67 4-9 25 0-5 

d. $ ? ad. Orau, Salta (E. W. White) 67 5"4 25 0-5 

e. ? ad. „ „ 63 4-75 2'3 0"5 

/. Ad. Bolivia {Bridges) 7'0 5 "45 27 0-5 

g, It. c? ad. Matto Grosso (H. Smith) 6"5 5-8 2"4-27 0-5 

i. $ ad. „ „ 6"5 5 - 05 2-5 0'5 

k. ? ad. Curityba [J. Natterer) 6"0 5'0 2'2 0"45 

/, m, n. Ad. Bahia 6'5 5"0-5"3 2'5 - 5 

o,p. Ad. Pemambuco (IV. A. Forbes) 6-0 4"8 2'l-2;3 0'5 

q. Ad. Rio Tocantins (A. R. Wallace) . . . . 6'1 5"2 2-5 0-5 

r,s. $ ad. Upper Ucayali (E. Bartlett) 6'2-67 5-2-5-4 2-5 0-5 

t. ? ad. „ „ 6-3 4-8 2"4 05 

u,v,w,x. (?ad. Yquitoa (H. Whitely) 6-5 4-9-5*2 2"3-2'6 0-45-0-5 

y,z,a!. ? ad. „ „ 6-0 4-8-4-9 2'35 0-45 

b', c. Ad. Santa Rita, Ecuador (Villagmnez) ... 6-5 4-9-5-1 2-6 0'5 

d\ ? ad. Puerto Cabello (A. Goeriny) 5-8 4-75 2-2 0-5 

e'. Ad. Corentyn River [E. im Thurn) 5-2 4-7 2'1 0-5 

A young bird, recognizable by its swollen yellow gape, differs from the adult in having distinct whitish 
fringes to the end of the quills and in being much paler brown. The tail is perfectly square, and 
the whole of the lower throat, fore neck, chest, and sides of breast are almost uniform brown, 

leaving the chin and upper throat, breast, abdomen, and under tail-coverts white. One immature 
specimen in the Museum, from Bahia, has a yellowish tinge on the abdomen. 

The ovate drops of dark brown colour on the breast are developed to a greater extent during 
the breeding-season, if indeed they are not the principal evidences of nuptial plumage. They are 
never seen in young birds, and there are many specimens in the British Museum which have no 
trace whatever of these spots on the breast, being, moreover, almost entirely uniform hoary 
white underneath, excepting for a brownish shade on the fore neck and chest. The irregularity 
which characterizes the brown spots on the chest in these hoary specimens confirms our opinion 
that they are only developed when the nesting-season approaches. 

At first we were inclined to think that the absence of these brown spots on the breast was only 
noticeable in specimens from northern localities, and certainly in a series from some places, such 
as Bahia, whence there are several specimens in the British Museum, not a single one has a trace 
of spots on the breast, whereas every one from the neighbourhood of Buenos Ayres (where the 
bird breeds) has these spots extremely well developed and the entire plumage very dark. All 
these specimens, however, are adult, and it is much to be desired that the young from the nest 
should be examined by a competent observer and the first plumage carefully described. 

Hub. The greater part of South America. 

The habits of this species, as detailed below, and the totally different style of plumage, 
present such a variation from the purple appearance of the ordinary members of the 
genus Progne, that there is a good deal to be said in favour of its separation under the 
subgeneric heading of Plneoprogne. 

Our chief knowledge of the Tree-Martin is derived from observers in the Argentine 
Republic, and excellent notes on the species will be found below. The late Mr. Henry 
Durnford states that it arrives in the neighbourhood of Buenos Ayres in September, 
nests, and leaves about the first week in April. Mr. Hudson has collected many speci- 
mens near Conchitas, and Mr. E. W. White sent some from Oran in the Salta district, 
Monte Grande, and Pacheco. Prof. Burmeister met with it in the eastern La Plata dis- 
tricts, and states that it was not rare near Parana. In Uruguay, Mr. Barrows notices 
its arrival about the same time as Progne purpurea, viz. about the middle of September. 
The Smithsonian Institution possesses examples from the Bio Vermejo. 

It extends to Bolivia, where d'Orbigny met with it in the province of Chiquitos, 
and a specimen obtained in that country by Mr. Bridges is in the British Museum. - In 
Brazil, writes Prof. Burmeister, it is an inhabitant of the Campos districts in the interior, 
but is nowhere very common. It does not live m the woods there, but frequents the 
scattered bushes on the Campos, hunting for insects, nesting in old trees, and avoiding 
the neighbourhood of man. The localities where Natterer observed the species were the 
following : — Porte do Bio Araguay (October) ; Engenho do Cap. Ant. Correia (December) ; 
Cuyaba (July, September) ; Caicara (January, October, and November) ; Maribatanas, 
(April); Barra do Rio Negro (February). He states that it was common in Cuyaba, 
living in the deserted nests of Purnarius rufus, and that it goes away at the beginning of 


winter. Several specimens were procured by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Smith at Chapada, 
in the province of Matto Grosso, in September and October. The specimens from this 
expedition in the Salvin-Godman collection are three in number, and they are quite 
pale, but show the spots on the breast very plainly. All the brown pectoral spots are 
edged with hoary white like the rest of the under surface, and we believe that it is by 
the wearing off of these pale edges that the spots are developed in the breeding-plumage. 
The late Mr. W. A. Forbes met with the species near Pernambuco during his stay 
there from July to September. Several specimens collected by Wucherer and other 
naturalists near Bahia are in the Museum collection, and the late Prince Neuwied found 
the species on the Campos Geraes in the interior of the province of Bahia. 

In Amazonia the species was procured by Mr. Wallace on the Bio Tocantins. "We 
have already referred to its occurrence on the Bio Negro, as reported by Natterer, who 
found it common on the right bank in December. Mr. Henry Whitely procured a large 
series at Yquitos on the Upper Amazons in June, July, and August. Scarcely any of 
these specimens show a trace of the pectoral spots, and a good many have whitish edges to 
the feathers of the upper surface. Mr. E. Bartlett found it at Xeberos and on the Upper 
and Lower Ucayali, where, he states, " it is common, and breeds in large numbers in all 
the country visited." Three specimens from the Upper Ucayali, now in the British 
Museum, were procured in May, August, and September respectively. Mr. Stolzmann 
found this Martin very common at Tumbez, and nesting ; it was not observed south of 
this place. 

In the Salvin-Godman collection are two specimens from the Santa Bita mountains 
in Ecuador, received from Mr. Villagomez, and the Sclater collection contains examples 
from Bogota. In the Magdalena Valley Mr. Wyatt found this species ascending the 
Cordillera to some 4000 or 5000 feet ; they were nesting at the end of January. Mr. A. 
Goering procured an example at Puerto Cabello, in Venezuela, in June. 

In the Sclater collection is a specimen from British Guiana, obtained on the Corentyn 
Biver by Mr. im Thurn. 

The record of localities does not explain where is the winter home of all the indi- 
viduals which breed in Southern Brazil and the Argentine Bepublic. 

Mr. W. H. Hudson gives a very interesting notice of the species in ' Argentine 
Ornithology ' : — 

" The Tree-Martin is a very garrulous bird, and no sooner arrives, early in September, 
than we are apprised of the circumstance by the notes which the male and female 
incessantly sing in concert, fluttering and waving their wings the while, and seeming 
quite beside themselves with joy at their safe arrival ; for invariably they arrive already 
mated. Their language is more varied, the intonation bolder and freer than that of our 
other Swallows. The length of the notes can be varied at pleasure ; some are almost 
harsh, others silvery or liquid, as of trickling drops of water ; they all have a glad 
sound ; and many have that peculiar character of some bird-notes of shaping themselves 
into words. 

" This Martin is never seen to alight on the ground or on the roofs of houses, but 
solely on trees ; and when engaged in collecting materials for its nest, it sweeps down 
and snatches up a feather or straw without touching the surface. It breeds only in the 
clay-ovens of the Oven-bird (Furnarius rufus). I, at least, have never seen them breed 
in any other situation after observing them for a great many summers. An extraordinary 
habit ! for, many as are the species that possess the parasitical tendency of breeding in 
other birds' nests, none of them confine themselves to the nest of a single species except- 
ing the bird I am describing. It must, however, be understood that my knowledge of 
this bird has been acquired in Buenos Ayres, where I have observed it ; and as this 
Martin possesses a wider range in South America than the Oven-birds, it is more than 
probable that in other districts it builds in different situations. 

" On arriving in spring each pair takes up its position on some tree, and usually on 
a particular branch ; a dead branch extending beyond the foliage is a favourite perch. 
Here they spend much of their time, never appearing to remain long absent from it, and 
often, when singing their notes together, fluttering about it with a tremulous uncertain 
flight, like that of a hovering butterfly. About three weeks after first arriving they 
begin to make advances towards the Oven-bird's nest that stands on the nearest post or 
tree ; and if it be still occupied by the rightful owners, after much time has been spent 
in sporting about and reconnoitring it, a feud begins which is often exceedingly violent 
and j>rotracted for many days. 

" In seasons favourable to them the Oven-birds build in autumn and winter, and 
breed early in spring ; so that their broods are out of their clay-houses by the end of 
October or earlier ; when this happens, the Swallow that breeds in November quietly 
takes possession of the forsaken fortress. But accidents will happen, even to the 
wonderful fabric of the Oven-bird. It is sometimes destroyed and must be rebuilt ; or 
its completion has perhaps been retarded for months by drought, or by the poor condi- 
tion of the birds in severe weather ; or the first brood has perhaps perished, destroyed by 
an opossum or other enemy. November, and even December, may thus arrive before 
some pairs have hatched their eggs ; and it is these unfortunate late breeders that suffer 
from the violence of the marauding Swallows. I have often witnessed the wars of these 
birds with the deepest interest ; and in many ovens that I have opened I have found the 
eggs of the Oven-birds buried under the nests of the Swallows, iifter the Swallows 
have taken up a position near the coveted oven, they occasionally fly towards and hover 
about it, returning again to their stand. By-and-by, instead of returning as at first, they 
take to alighting at the entrance of the coveted home ; this is a sort of declaration of 
war, and marks the beginning of hostilities. The Oven-birds, full of alarm and anger, 
rush upon and repel them as often as they approach ; they retire before this furious 
onset, but not discomfited, and only warbling out their gay, seemingly derisive, notes in 
answer to the outrageous indignant screams of their enemies. Soon they return ; the 
scene is repeated ; and this desultory skirmishing is often continued for many days. 

" But at length the lawless invaders, grown bolder, and familiar with their strength 

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and resources, will no longer fly from the master of the house ; desperate struggles now 
frequently take place at the entrance, the birds again and again dropping to the ground 
clutched fiercely together, and again hurrying up only to resume the combat. Victory 
at last declares itself for the aggressors, and they busy themselves carrying in materials 
for their nest, screaming their jubilant notes all the time as if in token of triumph. 

" The brave and industrious Oven-birds, dispossessed of their home, retire to spend 
their childless summer together, for tbe male and female never separate ; and when the 
autumn rains have supplied them with wet clay, and the sense of defeat is worn off, they 
cheerfully begin their building-operations afresh. This is not, however, the invariable 
result of the conflict. To the superior swiftness of the Martin the Oven-bird opposes 
greater strength, and, it might be added, a greater degree of zeal and fury than can 
animate its adversary. The contest is thus nearly an equal one ; and the Oven-bird, 
particularly when its young are already hatched, is often able to maintain its own. But 
the Martins never suffer defeat ; for when unable to take the citadel by storm, they fall 
back on their dribbling system of warfare, which they keep up till the young leave the 
nest, when they take possession before it has grown cold. 

" The Martin makes its own nest chiefly of large feathers, and lays four eggs, long, 
pointed, and pure white. 

" It will be remarked that in all its habits above mentioned this bird differs widely 
from the preceding species. It also differs greatly from them in its manner of flight. 
The Purple Martins move with surprising grace and celerity, the wings extended to 
their utmost ; they also love to sail in circles high up in the air, or about the summits 
of tall trees, and particularly during a high wind. At such times several individuals 
are usually seen together, and all seem striving to outvie each other in the beauty of 
their evolutions. 

" The Tree-Martin is never seen to soar about in circles ; and though when hawking 
after flies and moths it sweeps the surface of the grass with amazing swiftness, at other 
times it has a flight strangely slow and of a fashion peculiar to itself : the long wings 
are depressed as much as those of a Wild Duck when dropping on to the water, and are 
constantly agitated with tremulous flutterings, short and rapid as those of a butterfly. 

" Neither is this bird gregarious like all its congeners, though occasionally an 
individual associates for a while with Swallows of another species ; but this only when 
they are resting on fences or trees, for as soon as they take flight it leaves them. Once 
or twice, when for some mysterious cause the autumnal migration has been delayed long 
past its usual time, I have seen them unite in small flocks ; but this is very rare. As a 
rule they have no meetings preparatory to migration, but skim about the fields and open 
plains in un-Swallowdike solitude, and suddenly disappear without having warned us of 
their intended departure." 

Mr. Durnford and Mr. Gibson have also driven interesting accounts of the habits of 
this species near Buenos Ayres. The former gentleman observes : — " It has a peculiar 
habit of raising its wings over its back in the midst of its aerial evolutions, and then 

dropping some distance through the air before taking flight again. In the summer 
these birds congregate in large parties, and seem never tired of circling about the top- 
most branches of some wide-spreading ombo-tree, which is their favourite resort." 

Mr. Gibson has likewise only found it breeding in the Oven-bird's nest, which, he 
says, " it lines with a pile of feathers formed into a nest. Grass, wool, and hair are 
sometimes added ; but the feathers are the principal material, and the amount is usually 
sufficient to fill up the interior of the Oven-bird's nest. The eggs, so far as I know, 

never exceed five in number, are pure white, and average f§x|o-" 

He believes it to be as abundant near Buenos Ayres as P. purpurea* , but says that, 
owing to its frequenting the woods and from the nature of its nidification, it is more 
diffused and appears scarcer. " It is also about a month later in coming, appearing in 
the first week in October, though it leaves at the same' time as P. purpurea* , the end of 
March. As it arrives after the last-named species, it is proportionately later in breeding, 
while, from being parasitical on Fumarius rufus, the date of its nesting varies greatly. 
Eggs are most generally taken in December ; but I once found a nestful of young birds 
(full-fledged, it is true) as late as the beginning of March." 

Mr. White fancied that this Martin was not particular as to the locality in which it 
breeds ; and in Uruguay Mr. Barrows thinks that they may nest in natural hollows of 
trees, as he noticed several hovering about Woodj)eckers' holes in a tall dead tree, though 
he also found it appropriating the deserted nest of F. rufus. 

In Brazil, batterer also noticed that the species was parasitic on the Oven-bird ; 
but in Upper Amazonia Mr. E. Bartlett found it nesting in September in holes in sandy 
banks, the nest being made of fine dried grass or fibres ; the holes were sometimes two 
feet in depth. 

In the Campos of Brazil it is recorded by Burmeister as breeding in holes of trees ; 
and in Peru, according to Mr. Stolzmann, it nests under the roofs of houses, and 
Mr. Wyatt also observed it similarly nesting at Ocaha in the Magdalena Valley. 

The figure in the Plate is drawn from a specimen procured by Mr. Wyatt during 
his visit to Colombia, and the descriptions are founded on the series of skins in the 
British Museum. 

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PROGNE FURCATA [antea, p. 459]. 

Progne furcata, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. ix. (1889). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 82 [Mapj. 

PROGNE C0NC0L0R [antea, p. 463]. 

Progne concolor, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. ix. (1889) ; Kidgw. Proc. 
U. S. Nat. Mus. xii. pp. 105, 119, 122, 123 (1889). 

Mr. Townsend met with the present species in Indefatigable Island. 

Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 81 [Map]. 

PROGNE DOMINICENSIS [antea, p. 465]. 

Progne dominicensis, Peilden, Ibis, 1889, p. 483 ; Sbarpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. 
pt. ix. (1889); Cory, Auk, viii. pp. 47, 48 (1891); id. t. c. p. 294; id. Cat. West 
Ind. B. p. 114 (1892) ; Scott, Auk, x. p. 186 (1893). 

Recorded from the Island of Barbadoes by Schomburgk. Colonel Peilden did not 
meet with the species bimself in the island, but remarks that there is no reason to doubt 
Schomburgk's statement, as the species is abundant and resident in Granada and 
St. Vincent. 

In Jamaica, says Mr. Scott, it is a migrant and summer resident, a few wintering. 

He observed it only once himself, at Priestman's River on February 5th, when a large 
number of birds unquestionably of this species appeared in company with many Semi- 
proune zonaris. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 94 [Map]. 

PROGNE DOMESTICA [anted, p. 469]. 
Add :— 

Progne domestica, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. ix. (1889). 
Progne chalybea domestica, Berl. J. f. O. 1887, p. 5. 

Count von Beklepsch records the species from Lambare, in Paraguay, on the 5th of 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 94 [Map]. 

PROGNE CHALYBEA [anted,, p. 473]. 


Progne chalybea, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. vi. (1887) ; Cherrie, Auk, 

ix. p. 22 (1892). 
Progne leucogastra, Ferrari-Perez, Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus. ix. p. 139 (1886). 

Recorded by Prof. Ferrari-Perez from Jalajia in August. Mr. A. K. Cherrie writes 
from Costa Rica : — " A resident species about San Jose, but most abundant during the 
breeding-season from May to the last of July. A favourite nesting-site is in the hoods 
of the arc electric street-lamps. The young do not differ from the adult bird except in 
having softer plumage." 

N.B. — P. 476, line 15 from top, for " Salvin " read " Salmon." 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 94 [Map]. 

PROGNE TAPERA [anted, p. 479]. 

Progne tapera, Berlepsch & Ihering, Zeitschr. ges. Orn. ii. p. 20 (1885) ; Sharpe & 
Wyatt, Monogr, Hirund. pt. xii. (1889). 

Recorded by Dr. Ihering from Taquara, Bio Grande do Sul, from October to December. 
For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 80 [Map], 


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Atticora, Boie, Isis, 1844, p. 172 A. fasciata. 

Microchelidon (nee Reichenb.), Sclater, Cat. Amer. B. p. 39 (1862) . A. tibialis. 

Neochelidon, Sclater, t. c. p. xvi (1862) A. tibialis. 

Notwchelidon, Baivd, Review Amer. B. p. 306 (1865) . .... A. pileata. 
Pygochelidon, Baird, t. c. p. 308 (1865) A. cyanoleuca. 

Range. The whole of South America, extending into Central America as far as Guatemala. 

Qlavis specierum. 

a. Notseum et gastraeum caerulescenti-nigra : fascia lata pectoralis alba . . I. fasciata, p. 495. 

b. Gastrreurn chocolatinum aut brunneum. 

a . Tibiae brunnese, gastraso reliquo concolores 2. cinerea, p. 499. 

b'. Tibia; albse 3. tibialis, p. 501. 

c. Gastraeum album. 

c . jNTotseurn totum caerulescenti-uigrum : hypochondrias alba?. 

a". Fascia praepectoralis caerulescenti-nigra 4. melanoleuca, p. 503. 

b" . Fascia praapectoralis nulla 5. cyanoleuca, p. 505. 

d' . Interscapulium brunneum : pileum cferulescenti-nigrum : hypo- 

chondria? brunneae 6. pileata, p. 513. 

d. Gastraeum album: guttur et praspectus cervina : pileum quoque cervinurn. 7. fucata, p. 515. 

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Hirondelle de Cayenne a bande blanche sur le ventre, Daubent. PI. Enl. vii. pi. 724. 
fig. 2. 

Rirondelle a ceinture blanche, Montb. Hist. Nat. Ois. vi. p. Oil (1779). 

White-bellied Swallow, Latb. Gen. Syn. ii. pt. 2, p. 567 (1783). 

Hirundo fasciata, Gin. Syst. Nat. i. p. 1022 (17S8) ; Swains. Zool. Illustr. 2nd 
ser. i. pi. 17 (1829). 

Cecropis fasciata, Less. Compl. Buff. viii. p. 499 (1837). 

Atticora fasciata, Boie, Isis, 1844, p. 172 ; Cab. in Scbomb. Eeis. Guian. iii. p. 072 
(1848) ; Bp. Consp. i. p. 337 (1850) ; Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Pbilad. Acad. p. 7 
(1853) ; Burm. Tb. Bras. iii. p. 146 (1856) ; Sclater, Cat. Amer. B. p. 39 (1802) ; 
Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 306 (1865) ; Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1866, p. 178, 1867, 
pp. 569, 749 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 72, no. 857 (1869) ; Pelz. Orn. Bras. pp. 18, 402 
(1871) ; Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1873, p. 258 ; iid. Nomencl. Av. Neotr. p. 14 (1873) 5 
Taczan. P. Z. S. 1882, p. 8 ; Salv. Cat. Stricld. Coll. p. 152 (1882) ; id. & Godm. 
Biol. Centr.-Amer., Aves, i. p. 229 (1883) ; Taczan. Orn. Perou, p. 244 (1884) ; 
Sbarpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. pp. 183, 634 (1885); Salvin, Ibis, 1885, 
p. 205. 

A. supra indigotico-nigra : corpore subtus dorso imicolore : fascia lata, prtepectorali alba. 

Hab. in provincial Guianensi et Amazonica, usque ad Peruviana, Boliviam, et terrain Equatorialem. 

Nestling. Distinguished by the yellow gape, brown throat and chest and abdomen, the feathers of which 
are edged with whity brown ; upper surface duller blue than in the adult bird, the rump and 
upper tail-coverts brown, with paler brown edges. 

Young. Duller blue than the adult, or brown glossed with blue, with narrow edgings of whity brown to 
the feathers, more distinct on the greater series of wing-coverts ; throat and fore neck brown 
glossed with blue ; the entire chest and breast white ; the abdomen and sides of lower flanks 
brown mixed with dull white ; under tail-coverts brown, slightly washed with blue, the shorter 
ones having paler brown edges ; axillaries and under wing-coverts brown, margined with white 
near the carpal bend of the wing. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy blue-black ; wing-coverts and quills black externally, edged 
with the colour of the back ; tail very much forked, the feathers blue-black, glossy on their edges ; 
lores and base of forehead velvety black ; sides of face, ear-coverts, cheeks, and entire under 
surface of body glossy blue-black, including the under tail-coverts ; across the breast a very 
broad band of white, extending a little way clown the flanks ; thighs white ; under wing-coverts 

and axillaries brown, glossed with blue ; quills dusky brown below, paler along the edge of the 
inner web. Total length 6 inches, culmen 035, wing 4"15, tail 3*1, tarsus - 4o. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour. Total length 5"5 inches, culmen 0'35, wing 4'1, tail 2'8, 
tarsus 04. 

The following notes refer to the series of specimens in the British Museum : — 

Cayenne. Plumage dull and worn, almost bronzy, with the wings and tail in full moult (Sclater 
Coll.). Another (Tweeddale Coll.) is in brighter plumage, apparently just emerging from the 
moult, the long first primaries not yet replaced. A third male (Salvin-Godman Cull.) is also in 
complete plumage, excepting as regards the long primaries and secondaries, which are not yet 

British Guiana. Three males (wing 4'0-4"l) and a female (wing 4"1) from the Atapurau River 
(H. Whitely), procured towards the end of January, are all in slightly worn plumage ; but in a pair 
obtained by Whitely on the Merume Mountains, the male (wing 4-15) is in full bright plumage, 
having apparently just completed its moult, while the female is still moulting the loug primaries. 
The contrast between the bright plumage of the Merume specimens and the rather bronzed 
appearance of those from the Atapurau River is very marked, and shows that the new feathering 
is acquired by the beginning of July, and becomes much worn by the end of the following 

Amazonia. An adult bird from the Rio Negro (A. R. Wallace) is in slightly worn plumage 
(wing 4 - 05). An adult bird from Pebas (J. Hauxivell) is moulting the wings and tail. A young 
bird from the Upper Ucayali (E. Bartlett) has a nearly square tail ; and an adult from Yurima- 
guas, March (E. Bartlett), is also moulting the long primaries. 

Ecuador. An adult (Sclater Coll.) has the wing 39 inches, and a pair from the Copataza River 
(C. Buckley) also both measure 3'9 inches in the wing, which is slightly less than in Guiana 
examples. At Sarayacu Buckley also procured a nestling. 

Peru. A female from Chanchamayo (H. Whitely) is in decidedly worn plumage, and has the 
wing 4 inches. It has a narrow white breast-band. 

Bolivia. Of three adult specimens procured by Buckley at Yuyo, two are moulting their 
quills and tail-feathers. The third is in worn plumage, and has the wing 4 inches in length. A 
very young bird was obtained byBuckley at Cangalli. 

We have gone somewhat into detail over the Museum series, in order to try and find out whether there 
is any confirmation of the difference in the width of the white breast-band, which is undoubtedly 
well-marked in the series in question. The broader breast-band, which we fancied (Cat. B. I. c.) to 
be a sign of immaturity, seems rather to be characteristic of more southern birds ; and we should be 
able to differentiate two races with well-defined ranges, were it not for the Chanchamayo speci- 
men in the Sclater Collection, which has as narrow a breast-band as the Guiana skins. The 
narrow breast-band, however, with this exception, is characteristic of the birds from Guiana and 
the Rio Negro ; while those from Upper Amazonia, Ecuador, and Bolivia have all of them very 
broad white bands. 

Hub. Guiana, Rio Negro district of Brazil, Upper Amazonia, Ecuador, Bolivia. 

The blue-black plumage with the white thighs and the white baud across the breast 
render this species easy to recognize. It was first described from Cayenne, and is 

apparently not rare in British Guiana. Sir B. Schomburgk found it to be the commonest 
species on the Barima and Barama rivers, but be did not notice it breeding. Mr. Henry 
Wliitely procured adult individuals at the end of January on the Atapurau Biver, and 
in July in the Merume Mountains, but no young birds were in bis collections. We 
should suppose, however, that the species is a resident in Guiana and breeds there. 

Mr. A. R. Wallace found it common on the banks of the lower and middleBio Negro ; 
and the late Johann Natterer procured it on the Rio Guapore in July, and on the Bio 
Negro in December. On the right bank of the latter river he found it common along 
with Progne tapera. 

The late Mr. C. Buckley obtained specimens on the Copataza Biver, and a nestling 
at Sarayacu, showing that the species breeds in Ecuador ; and tbat it does so on the 
Upper Ucayali is related by Mr. E. Bartlett, who also procured specimens at Yurima- 
guas and on the lakes of Santa Cruz. He writes : — " Breeds in banks along with 
Stelgidopteryx ruficollis, and lays four or five white eggs. The nest is rather more com- 
plete in structure than that of the latter, the grass-fibres and bents being finer. Nest 
taken in July." Mr. Stolzmann also procured this Swallow at Yurimaguas in February. 
A specimen obtained by Mr. J. Hauxwell at Bebas on the Upper Amazons is in the British 
Museum ; and in August Mr. Henry Whitely shot a specimen at Chanchamayo in Rem- 
This record does not appear to have been published by Messrs. Sclater and Salvin, and 
is omitted in Dr. Taczanowski's work on the birds of that country. Specimens were 
obtained by Buckley at Yuyo in Bolivia, and a young bird from Cangalli, also pro- 
cured by Buckley, is in the Salvin-Godman collection. 

The above notes prove the species to be in Biitish Guiana in January and July, and 
on the Bio Negro in July and December, nesting on the Upper Amazons in July, and 
occurring at Yurimaguas in February, and at Chanchamayo in August. The moulting of 
the Guiana specimens in July, as noticed above, proves that they could not be nesting 
at that time, as they were found to be doing on the Ucayali by Mr. Bartlett during 
that month, and therefore the habits of the species in different districts of South 
America appear to vary. It is much to be regretted that so little information is really 
available for the study of this and other species of South-American Swallows. 

The Blate is drawn from a specimen in the Tweeddale collection, now in the British 

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V JJirondelle clu Perou, Briss. Orn. ii. p. 498 (1700). 

La Petite HirondeUe noire a ventre cendre, Month. Hist. Nat. Ois. vi. p. 673 

Ash-bellied Swallow, Lath. Gen. Syn. ii. pt. 2, p. 573 (1783). 
Hirundo cinerea, Gm. Syst. Nat. i. p. 1026 (1788) ; Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1845). 
Hirundo andecola, D'Orb. & Lafr. Syn. Av. p. 69 (1837) ; Tschudi & Cab. Faun. 

Peruan. p. 132 (1845-46) ; Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1867, p. 981, 1868, p. 569, 1869, 

p. 151 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 72, no. 853 (1869) ; Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. Av. 

Neotr. p. 14 (1873); Tacz. P. Z. S. 1874, p. 510; Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1879, 

p. 595; Tacz. Orn. Perou, i. p. 212 (1884). 
Petrochelidon murina, Cass. Proc. Pliilad. Acad. 1853, p. 370; id. Cat. Hirund. 

Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 6 (1S53) ; Sclater, P. Z. S. 1860, p. 74. 
Atticora cinerea, Sclater, Cat. Amer. B. p. 39 (1862) ; Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 312 

(1865); Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1869, p. 599; iid. Nomencl. Av. Neotr. p. 14 (1873); 

Tacz. P. Z. S. 1874, p. 510, 1882, p. 8 ; Salvin & Godm. Biol. Centr.-Amer., Aves, 

i. p. 229 (1883); Tacz. Orn. P6rou, i. p. 243 (1884); Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. 

Mus. x. p. 184 (1885). 
Sir undo murina, Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 72, no. 852 (1869). 
Atticora murina, Berlepsch & Tacz. P. Z. S. 1884, p. 287. 

A. subtus brumiea, tibiis brunneis pectore concoloribus. 

Hub. in montibus Andeanis America meridionalis. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy greenish black, the lesser wing-coverts and scapulars like the 
hack ; median and greater wing-coverts and quills hlackisb brown, with a slight steel-green 
gloss ; tail-feathers blackish brown, with dusky cross bars under certain lights ; lores velvety 
black ; ear-coverts and sides of neck glossy greenish black ; cheeks and under surface of body 
clear earthy brown, including the thighs; under tail-coverts blackish brown, with glossy greenish- 
black edges; axillaries and under wing-coverts earthy brown like the breast; quills dusky, more 
ashy brown along the inner web : " bill black ; feet brownish flesh-colour ; iris dark brown " 
(Stohmann). Total length 5 4 inches, culmen 03, wing 34, tail 2"4, tarsus 0"45. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in plumage. Total length 5 - 8 inches, culmen 0'25, wing 4'4, tail 1'2.">, 
tarsus 0'45. 

The shade of colour on the upper parts varies between steel-blue and steel-green, as is the 
case with other American Swallows, the bluer shade indicating, as we believe, a newly moulted 
state of plumage. 


Young. Sooty brown, lighter on the rump and upper tail-coverts ; below ashy white, the throat dark 

Hab. The Andes of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. 

This species appears to have been first described by Pere Peuillet, in a book which we 
bave not seen, entitled 'Journal des Observations physiques' (p. 33), published in 1725. 
From this work Brisson took his description of the " Hirondelle du Perou," which was 
subsequently the origin of Latham's " Ash-coloured Swallow " and Gmelin's Hirundo 

Eifty years after, the species was described by D'Orbigny and Lafresnaye as Hirundo 
andecola, from a sjiecimen procured by the former at La Paz in Bolivia. Tschudi next 
met with it in Peru, where he says that it inhabits all the hot valleys of the Sierra. 
Messrs. Sclater and Salvin have also recorded specimens obtained by Mr. Henry Whitely 
in Western Peru, viz. at Arequipa in May, and again at Tinta in the same month. 
Mr. Jelski obtained it in Central Peru between Cucas and Palcamayo, and Mr. Stolz- 
mann at Tamiapampa. 

In Ecuador Mr. L. Eraser met with the species near Quito, where it was very 
common in and about the city. In May he observed that this Swallow was building 
under the eaves of houses, and the nest forwarded by him was, according to Dr. Sclater, 
" a shallow structure, composed of moss and lined with a little wool. The egg is of a 
spotless white, 0*72 inch in length by about 051 inch in breadth, and has the usual 
character of birds of this group." The late Mr. Clarence Buckley procured specimens 
at Sical, and these are now in the Salvin-Godman collection. Messrs. Stolzmann and 
Siemiradski have also met with the species in Western Ecuador at Ticsan, at an 
altitude of from 7000 to 9000 feet. Count von Berlepsch and Dr. Taczanowski, in 
recording the above specimen, state their belief that the description of Hirundo cinerea 
of Gmelin is not sufficiently definite to distinguish the species. In this opinion we are 
unable to follow them, while the series in the British Museum shows that there is no 
specific difference between birds from Peru and Ecuador. 

The species also inhabits Colombia, as there are specimens in the Sclater and Salvin- 
Godman collections from the vicinity of Bogota. 

The descriptions are copied from the British Museum ' Catalogue,' and the figure of 
the old bird is drawn from a specimen in the Salvin-Godman collection, while that of the 
young one is taken from a specimen in Mr. Wyatt's collection. 

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Petrochelidon ? tibialis, Cass. Proc. Philad. Acad. 1853, p. 370 ; id. Cat. Hirund. 

Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 6 (1853). 
Microchelidon tibialis, Sclater, Cat. Amer. B. p. 39 (1862). 
Neocheliclon tibialis, Sclater, t. c. p. xvi, errata (1862) ; Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1861, 

p. 317 ; iid. P. Z. S. 1S69, p. 598. 
Atticora tibialis, Baird, Peview Amer. B. p. 307 (1865) ; Cray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 72, 

no. 859 (1869) ; Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. Av. Neotr. p. 11 (1873) ; iid. P. Z. S. 1879, 

p. 495 ; Salv. & Godm. Biol. Centr.-Auier., Aves, i. p. 231 (1883) ; Tacz. Orn. 

Perou, i. p. 212 (1881) ; Sbarpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 185 (1885). 

A. subtus brunnea : tibiis albis. 

Hab. in America centrali et in provincia Colombian;! America meridionalis usque ad Peruviam. 

Adult. General colour above sooty brown, witb an oily green gloss on the head and back, the rump and 
upper tail-coverts rather paler brown ; wing-coverts and quills glossy brown ; tail slightly forked, 
the feathers glossy brown : lores velvety black ; ear-coverts aud sides of neck dark brown, the 
latter with a slight greenish gloss like the head ; cheeks and entire under surface of body dark 
earthy brown, a little darker on the under wing- and tail-coverts; thighs white; quills dusky 
brown below. Total length 4 - l inches, culnien 025, wing 3'3, tail 1-8, tarsus 04. 

A male from Antioquia (Salmon), in the Salvin-Godman collection, is moulting, and shows 
that the new feathers on the head and mantle and wings are distinctly greenish black ; the under 
surface is also deeper and more sooty brown; and it is evident that the pale coloration in some 
specimens is caused by the age and abrasion of the feathers. 

Hab. From Panama to Colombia, extending- as far south as Peru. 

This species is easily distinguished by its white thighs, which contrast strongly with its 
brown under surface. It was first described by the late Mr. Cassin as from Brazil, a 
locality which has not been confirmed by any subsequent observer, although Messrs. 
Salvia and Godman mention that in the Cambridge Museum there is a Swainsonian 
specimen said to be from Brazil. The Sclater collection also had a skin supposed to be 
Brazilian, but all these records are probably erroneous. 

The late Mr. J. McLeannan procured tbis Swallow on the line of railway in Panama, 
and subsequently it was met with by Mr. Salmon in Antioquia, breeding near Pemedios. 
A Colombian specimen also exists in the Bremen Museum. Mr. Wyatt has the following 


note: — "I undoubtedly met with A. tibialis when descending the Cordillera from 
Bucaramanga, at an elevation of about 1000 feet, and shot three or four specimens ; but 
the vegetation was so dense that it was impossible to get them, unless they had chanced 
to fall on the path. There was a large flock of them, and some of them allowed me to 
approach within three or four yards, as they sat on a tree-fern. This was opposite to 
the locality where Salmon obtained the species, but on the other side of the Magdalena." 
A single specimen was obtained near Cosnipata in Peru, by Mr. Henry Whitely, but it 
has not yet been found in any of the intervening localities. 

Mr. Salmon states that the nest was made of dry grass and was placed in the hole 
of a bank. 

The descriptions and figure are taken from specimens in the Salvin-Godman collec- 
tion, and now in the British Museum. 


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Uirundo melanoleuca, Tenant. PI. Col. iv. pi. 209. fig. 2 (1823, ex Xeuwied, 3ISS.) ; 

Neuwied, Beitr. Naturg. Bras. iii. p. 371 (1831) ; Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1845) ; 

Cab. in Schomb. Reis. Guian. iii. p. 672 (1848) ; Gray, Hancl-1. B. i. p. 72, no. 854 

Cecropis melanoleuca, Less. Compl. Buff. viii. p. 499 (1837). 
Uerse melanoleuca, Bp. Consp. i. p. 341 (1850). 
Atticora melanoleuca, Burm. Syst. Uebers. iii. p. 146 (1856) ; Baird, Review Arner. 

B. p. 310 (1805); Pelz. Orn. Bras. pp. 18, 402 (1871); Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. Ay. 

Neotr. p. 14 (1873) ; Salv. & Godin. Biol. Centr.-Arner., Aves, i. p. 229 (1883) ; 

Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 185 (1885); Salvin, Ibis, 1885, p. 206. 

A. subtils alba : fascia prsepectorali indigotico-nigra. 
Hab. in Brasilia. 

Adult. General colour above dull blue-black, the feathers with ash-coloured bases ; lesser and median 
wing-coverts like the back ; greater coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills brown, 
glossed slightly with blue on the outer web; tail-feathers brown, also faintly glossed with blue ; 
lores velvety black ; ear-coverts and feathers below the eye blue-black ; cheeks and throat white, 
separated from the breast by a broad band of blue-black ; remainder of under surface white, 
washed with brown on the sides of the body and thighs ; in the centre of the chest a longitudinal 
spot of blue-black feathers below the breast-baud ; sides of upper breast blackish washed with 
blue ; under tail-coverts blackish, slightly washed with blue ; axillaries and under wing-coverts 
blackish brown, the coverts near the edge of the wing edged with white ; cpaills dusky below : 
"bill black; legs blackish ashy brown; iris dark" (Neuwied). Total length 55 inches, culmen 
0-3, wing -i-8, tail 2"9, tarsus 0-45. 

Hab. Brazil. 

This species is extremely rare in collections, and we only know of one specimen in this 
country. It was discovered more than fifty years ago by the late Prince Maximilian of 
Neuvued, and since that time no one but the celebrated traveller Xatterer appears to 
have met with it in that country. 

Altbough Temminck, in the ' Planches Coloriees,' states that the species figured 
by him was the Uirundo melanoleuca of Prince Max., the latter does not appear to have 
actually published the name until 1831, and therefore Temminck's becomes the first real 
description of the species, tbe date of the ' livraison ' in which it appeared being 1823. 

Prince Max. gives the following note on the species : — " This graceful Swallow lives 
on the banks of the rivers in the interior of Brazil, and I met with it on the Rio Grande 
de Belmont e, where it was flying over the water and the large rocks on the shore, in 
company with the Red-throated and White-winged Swallows. In the beginning of 
September I found it mostly in pairs, and it seemed to prefer those places where the 
water from the rocks caused some movement in the river and formed cascades and 
whirlpools. Its flight is very rapid, like that of our Chimney-Swallow, which it also 
much resembles in the form of the tail. In the brilliant noonday sun I have often seen 
it sitting and sunning itself on the rocks." 

Natterer's localities for the species are the following : — Bordo do Matto da Para- 
naiva : June. Porte do Principe : August. Bananeira : September. Salto Theotonio : 
November. Bio Nesrro : December. Maribatanas : Januarv. 

According to Prof. Cabanis (I. c.) Schomburgk met with the species in British 
Guiana ; but no other collector has procured specimens in that country. Can it be 
possible that Atticora cyanoleuca, which is common near Boraima, was the species 
intended ? 

Our description and figure are taken from one of Natterer's specimens from Porte 
do Principe, in the Sclater Collection, and now in the British Museum. 

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Golondrina de los timoneles negros, Azara, Apunt. ii. p. 508 (1802) ; Hartl. Ind. 
Azara, p. 19 (1817). 

Hirundo cyanoleuca, Vieill. N. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xiv. p. 509 (1817) ; Gould in Danv. 
Voy. ' Beagle,' Birds, p. 11 (1811) ; Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1815) ; id. Cat. Eissir. 
Brit. Mus. p. 27 (1818); Scl. P. Z. S. 1867, p. 321; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 72, 
no. 851 (1809). 

Hirundo minuta, Temin. PL Col. iv. pi. 209. fig. 1 (1823) ; Neuwied, Beitr. Naturg. 
Bras. iii. p. 309 (1830). 

Hirundo melanopyga, Liclit. Verz. Doubl. p. 57 (1823) ; Tsclmdi & Cab. Eaun. 
Peruan. p. 133 (1855). 

Hirundo patagonica, Lafr. & d'Orb. Syn. Av. 1837, p. 69 ; Gray, IIand-1. B. i. 
p. 72, no. 855 (1869). 

Hirundo melanoletica (nee Neuwied), Gray, Cat. Eissir. Brit. Mus. p. 26 (1818). 

Herse cyanoleuca, Bp. Consp. i. p. 311 (1850). 

Atticora cyanoleuca, Cab. Mus. Hein. Th. i. p. 17 (1850) ; Burm. Tb. Bras. iii. p. 117 
(1856) ; Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 309 (1865) ; Cab. J. f . O. 1S60, p. 101, 1861, 
p. 92 ; Burm. Beis. La Plata, ii. p. 179 (1861) ; Sclater, Cat. Ainer. B. p. 10 
(1862) ; id. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1866, p. 178, 1867, pp. 719, 981, 1868, p. 568, 1869, 
p. 159 ; Salv. Ibis, 1869, p. 1S1 ; id. P. Z. S. 1870, p. 181 ; Reinb. Vid. Medd. 
Nat. Eor. Kjobenb. 1870, p. 252 ; Pelz. Orn. Bras. pp. 18, 102 (1871) ; Wyatt, Ibis, 
1871, p. 323 ; Hudson, P. Z. S. 1872, pp. 811, 815 ; Scl. & Salv. Nomenel. Av. 
Neotr. p. 11 (1873) ; iid. P. Z. S. 1873, p. 258; Tacz. P. Z. S. 1871, p. 510 ; Scl. & 
Salv. P. Z. S. 1876, p. 16 ; Durnford, Ibis, 1S76, p. 15S, 1877, pp. 32, 170, 1878, 
p. 392 ; Tacz. P. Z. S. 1879, p. 221 ; Scl. & Salv. t. c. pp. 195, 595 ; Tacz. P. Z. S. 
1880, p. 192 ; W. A. Eorbes, Ibis, 1881, p. 329 ; Salv. Cat. Strickl. Coll. p. 152 
(1882) ; Tacz. P. Z. S. 1882, p. 8 ; White, t. c. p. 596 ; Salv. & Godrn. Biol. Centr.- 
Anier., Aves, i. p. 229 (1S83) ; Tacz. Orn. Perou, i. p. 211 (1881) ; Sbarpe, Cat. 
Birds in Brit. Mus. x. pp. 186, 631 (1885); Sclater & Hudson, Argentine Orn. i. 
p. 33 (1888). 

Petrochelidon cyanoleuca, Sclater, P. Z. S. 1S58, p. 551, 1859, p. 138, 1860, pp. 75, 
85; id. Cat. Amer. B. p. 10 (1862). 

Atticora hemvpyga, Burm. Beis. La Plata, ii. p. 179 (1861). 

Atticora patagonica, Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 311, note (1865) ; Salvin & Godman, 
Biol. Centr.-Amer., Aves, i. p. 229 (1883). 


Atticora cyanoleuoa, var. montana, Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 310 (1865) ; Lawr. 
Ann. Lye. N. Y. ix. p. 96 (1868); v. Frantzius, J. f. O. 1869, p. 291; Boucard, 
P. Z. S. 1878, p. 67. 

A. subtus alba : supra indigotica. 

Hab. in regione Neotropica fere tota. 

Adult. General colour above glossy blue, the feathers of the hind neck slightly mottled, with white bases 
to the feathers ; scapulars, lesser and median wing-coverts like the back ; bastard- wing, primary- 
coverts, and quills black, externally glossed with dull blue ; tail-feathers blackish ; lores, feathers 
below the eye, and ear-coverts black ; cheeks and under surface of body pure white, the sides of 
the neck glossy blue, descending in a half-crescent on the sides of the chest ; sides of body and 
flanks brown, with a patch of silky white feathers on the sides of the lower back ; thighs blackish 
brown ; under tail-coverts black glossed with blue ; axillaries and under wing-coverts smoky 
brown, the coverts near the edge of the wing edged with white : " bill black j legs dark brown ; 
iris dark " (Neuwied). Total length 4"7 inches, culmen O2o, wing 4-05, tail 2'2, tarsus 0'45. 

The sexes are alike in colour. 

Young. Brown, with pale edges to the feathers, particularly those of the lower back, rump, and upper 
tail-coverts; quills and tail brown, with white fringes to the ends of the inner secondaries ; under 
surface of body dull white, with a little brown on the fore neck (sometimes forming a collar) and 
on the flanks j the chin tinged with salmon-colour ; the under tail-coverts white, washed with 
smoky brown towards the ends. 

After the first moult the white margins to the inner secondaries disappear, the blue plumage is 
donned, though never quite so brilliant as in the old birds, and the throat and fore neck are 
distinctly salmon-coloured. This last character seems to be a sign of immaturity, but only occurs 
after the first moult. 

Professor Baird separated the species from Costa Rica and the Andean subregion as A. montana, on 
account of its longer bill, but we have not found that the distinctive characters amount to 
much. The race which he separates as A. patagonica, and which Burmeister called A. hemipyga, 
is really recognizable and may prove to be a distinct species. It differs in having the vent and 
the basal under tail-coverts white. All the Chilian specimens in the British Museum show this 
character, as do also examples from Cosquin, in the province of Cordova. We should feel inclined 
to recognize A. patagonica as a race, but for the fact that specimens from Cosuipata in Peru 
appear to be intermediate, and we must leave the subject to future inquirers to determine. 

The following is a list of some measurements of specimens from various portions of the bird's 
range : — 

Total length, 

a. Ad. Costa Rica (Arce) 4-4 

i- Ad. „ „ 4-0 

c. Ad. Irazu district, C. R. (Rogers) 

d. Imm. Panama (McLeannan) 4'3 

e. Imm. „ „ 4-4 




























Total length. Culmcn. Wing. Tail. Tarsus, 

in. in. in. in. in. 

/. Imm. Panama {McLeannan) 4-5 0-3 39 2'0 0-45 

g. Juv. Veragua {Arce) 3'9 0-25 3-45 1'6 0-4 

h. Juv. „ „ 3-7 0-3 3-45 1-8 0-4 

i. $ ad. Frontino, Colombia (Salmon) . . . 4'4 03 35 1'7 0-4 

k. S imm. Roraima, 8/5/82 {Whitely) . . . 4'5 03 3.8 1*8 0-45 

/. Ad. „ 10/12/81 „ ... 4-2 0-25 3-8 1-9 (V4 

m. Ad. Ecuador (ex Gould) 4-6 0'3 3"85 1-95 0'4 

n. Ad. Sical, Ecuador {Buckley) 4'5 0'3 3"7 2-1 045 

o. Ad. Chiguinda, Ecuador {Buckley) . . . 4'4 0*3 3'8 T95 0-45 

p. Ad. Ecuador (ex Gould) 4"3 0'25 3"7 1-95 0-45 

q. S ad. Arequipa {Whitely), 6/6/67 .... 5-1 0-3 39 22 0-4 

r. S ad. Cosuipata „ 2/9/68 . ... 5-0 0"25 4*1 2-1 0'4 

s. Ad. Cangalli, Bolivia {Buckley) 4"5 03 4"1 2" 15 0"45 

t. ? ad. Chili {Philip-pi §■ Landbeck) .... 50 0'3 3-85 2'05 0"45 

u. Ad. Chili {Reed) 53 0-3 4"05 2'2 045 

v. ? . Cosquin, Cordova, Argentine Republic 

{White), 17/8/82 47 0-3 4-0 2'1 0-45 

w. Ad. Eahia {Wucherer) 44 0-3 375 2-2 0-45 

x. Ad. Brazil 4-4 0-25 3'8 2"1 0"4 

y. cJ juv. Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 

{Joyner) 4-0 0-3 35 1'75 0"4 

Many specimens have some ovate spots of dark brown on the breast, as in Progne tapera, and we have 
not been able to account for this appearance, which is perceptible in both old and young birds. 
It is present in nearly all Chilian specimens, but is not confined to them, as we find traces of the 
same markings in others from Arequipa, Cosnipata, Bahia, and they are present in young birds 
from Ccachupata, Peru, Quito, and Puerto Cabello iu Venezuela. This spotting is therefore 
apparently not a sign of age or seasonal plumage. 

Hab. From Costa Rica southwards, throughout the whole of South America to Bolivia and the Argen- 
tine Republic. In the interior of the latter country, in Chili and Patagonia, a white-vented race 

The present species is spread over the greater part of South America and ranges into 
Central America. Messrs. Salvin and Godman record it from Costa Plica and Panama. 
Dr. Hoffmann and M. Carmiol met with it at San Jose in the former country, and the 
latter collector also found it at Barranca. Specimens in immature plumage are in the 
Salvin-Godman collection, so that it probably breeds in that country, but no nests have as 
yet been found. Mr. Rogers met with the species in the Irazu district, and M. Boucard 
procured two specimens near Cartago ; they were on the ground in a small forest. In 
the Salvin-Godman collection are two individuals obtained by Arce at Tucurriqui in the 
summer of 1864 ; they are both fully adult. The same collection contains several specimens 
from Panama, procured by the late Mr. McLeannan, as well as some from Calovevora, 



sent by Arce in 1869. All McLeannan's specimens are young birds just commencing to 
don their glossy blue plumage, but the date of their capture is not recorded. Two of 
Arce's specimens are in a similar plumage, but one is quite adult. Besides these birds 
we have examined one fully plumaged specimen from the " Valley of Aragua," wherever 
that may be. Such is the locality attached to the skin by the late Mr. G. fe. Gray. 

Our records from Colombia are few. An adult from Bogota is in the Sclater collec- 
tion ; and Mr. Wyatt writes : — " We did not observe this species in the Magdalena valley ; 
and it seems to be a bird of the ' tierra templada ; ' its upward range, so far as our 
observations went, terminates at an altitude of about 8000 feet. It was a common bird 
at Ocana, in the Cordillera, and might generally be seen with Progne tapera on the roof 
of our house." 

A female from Erontino, in Antioquia, obtained by the late T. K. Salmon, is in the 
Salvin-Godman collection. 

Mr. Goering sent a young male in first moult from Puerto Cabello in Venezuela, 
shot in June, and further to the east Mr. Henry Whitely met with the species in British 
Guiana. He procured two young birds in brown plumage with a few blue feathers 
appearing, on the 6th and 8th of May, 1882, and two fully plumaged birds on Boraima 
on the 23rd of November and the 10th of December, 1881. 

From Ecuador we have examined quite a series, both old and young birds, from 
Mr. Gould's collection, probably all from the neighbourhood of Quito. Eully adult birds 
from Sical and Chiquinda, obtained by the late C. Buckley, are in the Salvin-Godman 
collection. Mr. Eraser met with the species at Biobamba, Pallatanga, Quito, in May, 
" common in and about the city," and at Nanegal and Perucho, where it was " common 
and building in the roofs." 

In Peru, Tschudi states that they are seldom found as high as the Sierra region, and 
he has noticed their nests in hollow trees. Dr. Taczanowski, who has described the 
Peruvian collections of Jelski and Stolzmann, has recorded both old and young birds 
from that country and gives the following localities : — Lima, Aimable Maria, Tambillo, 
Nov. 22 ; Pacasmayo, June 14 ; Callacate, May 22 ; Huambo, April 5. The following 
specimens are in the British Museum from Mr. H. "Whitely's Peruvian collections : — 
Cosnipata, adults, Eebruary and September ; Arequipa, adults in June, and young in 
February ; Cosnipata, adults in Eebruary, March, aud September ; and Chanchamayo, 
young in first moult, in August and September. He also met with it at Maranura, north 
of Cuzco. If one may read the history of the species in Peru from the specimens before 
us, it would seem that two broods at least must be reared, and that some young birds 
are beginning to moult in August and September, others not till Eebruary. The old 
birds are in very worn plumage in Eebruary, and are moulting in March. After com- 
pleting the moult they are probably breeding by June, to judge by the worn plumage, 
and do not quit the country at all. 

An adult specimen was obtained by Mr. Bridges in Bolivia, with totally black under 
tail-coverts, and an adult bird from Cangalli, in the province of Yungas, collected by 

Mr. C. Buckley, agrees with the latter; but a specimen from "Bolivia" in the Sclater 
collection is of the H. patagoitica type, with the basal under tail-coverts white. D'Orbigny 
met with it in the province of Moxos. 

From the Upper Amazons we have not seen many specimens, and young birds were 
procured by Mr. E. Bartlett on the Ucayali River, as well as at Nauta, Chyavetas, and 
Yurimaguas. Mr. Bartlett states that it does not breed on the Upper Amazon. 

In Brazil it is apparently widely distributed, and the birds all have entirely black 
under tail-coverts. We have seen both young and old birds from this country, so that the 
species probably breeds there. Mr. Graham met with it at Para ; and in his notes from 
Pernambuco the late Mr. W. A. Forbes writes : — " I did not bring home any specimens of 
this Swallow, the only one I shot having been too much damaged to skin ; I have, how- 
ever, little doubt that this is the species I met with, as I continually saw it in numbers, 
and was able to examine it often through my field-glasses. It was very abundant at 
Cabo, and might be seen there sitting in numbers, particularly in the morning, on the 
telegraph-wires of the railway opposite Mr. Hood's house; I also saw it at Parahyba 
and Garanhuns, perched on the roofs and eaves of the churches, and therefore not to be 
shot at with impunity. In Recife, on the other hand, I never saw it at all, though 
H. leucorrhoa abounded there." 

Natterer met with the species at Rio de Janeiro in August and September, and at 
Ypanema in June, July, and December. He says that it frequents houses, and nests 
under the eaves, affecting buildings in towns as well as isolated houses in the country. 
It stays at Ypanema throughout the year, but was not seen in Cuyaba. Dr. Lund 
found it in Minas Geraes, and procured a young specimen at Lagoa Santa on the 12th 
of January, which was beginning to put on its full plumage. 

Prince Xeuwied writes : — " This dainty Swallow I have only encountered in the 
southern parts of Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro it is particularly common, and frequently 
nests in the buildings. It also flies over the meadows, pasturages, and woods, and is 
found in abundance in the towns and dwellings, where it takes the place of our Martin 
(Hirundo urbica). In the month of August it begins to nest in Rio de Janeiro. The 
nest is simple, and consists merely of a few straws thrown together on a beam under the 
roof; two eggs are found in it." 

It was originally found by Azara in Paraguay ; and in Mr. Barrows' notes from 
Uruguay he writes as follows : — 

" This species was first seen at Concepcion on the 4th of September, 1880, when it 
was observed in considerable numbers, associated with R. leucorrhoa, from which it was 
easily distinguished by its smaller size and the absence of the white rump. For nearly 
six weeks it was observed here from time to time, but after October 20th it was not 
noted, until at Azul it was found in large flocks on the 27th of January, 1SS1, seemingly 
ready to migrate northward. It was seen, however, at Bahia Blanca, a few days later, 
and then almost daily until March 28th at Puan, after which it was not again observed. 
Of its breeding-habits I know nothing." 


Professor Burmeister gives the following note : 

" Of all the Swallows of Brazil this has heen the commonest in the countries visited 
by me ; in each town, in each village, they exist in crowds. They nest under the eaves, 
where they repose on the cornices, like the Sparrows in Europe ; it builds a simple nest 
of dry grass and hair ; it lays two white eggs. The species appears to be especially 
plentiful in the inhabited districts ; it is also present throughout the whole of South 
America ; Azara describes it from Paraguay ; von Tschudi from Peru ; I myself found 
it in Colombia as well as in Bio de Janeiro, Novo Pribourgo, Congonhas, and Lagoa 

A young specimen obtained by Mr. Joyner at Pelotas in Bio Grande do Sul is in 
the Salvin-Godman collection. 

On the occurrence of the species near Buenos Ayres, excellent notes are given below 
from the pen of Mr. W. H. Hudson. Mr. Durnford has also written on the subject; he 
observes : — 

" Arrives at the end of September, and generally leaves in March ; but this year I 
observed two, a little north of Buenos Ayres, on the 30th April. This, the smallest 
species of Hirundinidae, always reminds me of the Sand-Martin at home. In its habit 
of flying close to the ground and frequenting the neighbourhood of pools and streams, 
from which it never wanders far, it is essentially like that bird. It nests in holes in the 
banks of streams, sandpits, and similar localities. 

" On October 3rd I saw two pairs frequenting some holes in a sand-pit near Plores ; 
as they often returned to the pit, and clung to the face of its perpendicular sides, I think 
they had nests near. I thrust the whole length of my walking-stick into two or three 
of the holes, without touching the end of any of them. I am told that this Swallow 
remains the whole year near Buenos Ayres ; and a Mend assures me that he once shot 
one when Duck-shooting in the winter." (See, however, Mr. Hudson's notes given 

Mr. E. W. White met with it at Catamarca in August. Professor Burmeister, 
during his journey through the La Plata region, found this the commonest Swallow, but 
in Mcndoza he met with the white-vented race which he named Atticora hemipyga. 
This is also the form from Chili, as is shown by the specimens in the British Museum, 
which possesses nine examples from that country. Mr. White's specimen from Cosquin 
in the province of Cordova also belongs to the white-vented form. 

Mr. Darwin found the species nesting along with the Purple Martin in holes in 
banks near Bahia Blanca in Northern Patagonia. His specimen in the British Museum 
agrees with the Chilian specimens above recorded. 

Mr. H. Durnford writes : — 

" Common throughout our journey in Central Patagonia about the rivers and lakes. 
A few are seen at Chupat on warm days in the winter ; but the great majority leave at 
the approach of cold weather." It was pretty common in the Chupat valley, nesting in 
the banks of some of the upper reaches of the river. 

Like many other South- American Swallows the nesting-habits of the present species 
vary with locality, and the observations recorded above should be compared with the 
following interesting observations of Mr. W. H. Hudson : — 

" I have already spoken in former communications of all but one of the species of Ili- 
rundinidas that visit us in this region ; the bird I have yet to describe is the Atticora cyano- 
leuca — the Gohndrina de los tlmoneles negros of Azara, and the smallest of our Swallows. 
I cannot say what are the limits of its range, as my wanderings have not extended far in 
any direction, and I have never yet been in any region where it is not well known. In 
Buenos Ayres these Swallows appear early in September, coming before the three species 
of Progne that visit us, but preceded by the H'wundo leucorrhoa. They are bank-birds, 
breeding in forsaken holes and burrows (for they never bore into the earth themselves), 
and are consequently not much seen about the habitations of man. They sometimes 
find their breeding-holes in the banks of streams, or in peopled districts in the sides of 
ditches, and down in wells. But if in such sites alone fit receptacles for their eggs were 
found, the species, instead of one of the commonest, would be rare indeed ; for on the 
level pampas most of the watercourses have marshy borders, or at the most but low and 
gently sloping banks. But the burrowing habits of two other animals, the Vizcacha 
(Lagostomus trichodactylm) and the Minera ( Geositta cunicularia) have everywhere 
afforded the Swallows abundance of breeding-places on the plains, even where there are 
no streams or any other irregularities in the smooth surface of earth. 

" The Geositta bores its holes in the sides of the Vizcacha's burrows ; and in this 
burrow within a burrow the Swallow lays its eggs and rears its young, and is the guest of 
the Vizcacha and as much dependent on him as the Wren or the Swallow we call 
domestic is on man ; so that in spring when this species returns it is in the village of 
the Vizcacha we see them. There they live and spend the day, sporting about the 
burrows, just as the domestic Swallow does about our houses. The nest, constructed 
of dry grass lined with feathers, is placed at the extreme end of the burrow, and contains 
five or six white, pointed eggs. After the young have flown, they sit close together on a 
weed, thistle-top, or low tree ; and the parents continue to feed them many days. 

"As in size and brightness of plumage, so in language also is this Swallow inferior to 
his congeners, his only song consisting of a single weak, trilling note, much prolonged, 
whicli the bird repeats with great frequency when on the wing. But sometimes he 
utters two notes ; and then the second note, though much the same, is longer and more 
inflected than the first ; yet his voice has ever a mournful monotonous sound. If a 
rapacious bird or a Fox chances to intrude upon the burrows when they are breeding, 
these Swallows summon each other with cries indicative of fear and anxiety ; but even 
then these cries are neither loud nor shrill. When flying, these Swallows glide along very 
close to the earth, and when weary settle down (contrary to the custom of other Swallows) 
and rest on the level grassy plains. Like other birds of this family they possess the 
habit of gliding to and fro before a rider's horse to snatch up the little twilight moths 
startled from the grass. Seldom does a person ride on the pampas in summer without 


having a number of Swallows gather round him ; often I have thought that more than 
a hundred were before my horse at one time ; but, from the rapidity of their motions, it 
is impossible to count them. I have also noticed individuals of the four most common 
species of Swallow following me together ; but after sunset, and when the other species 
have long forsaken the grass plains for the shelter of trees and houses, this diminutive 
Swallow continues to keep the traveller company. At such a time, as they glide about 
in the dusk of evening conversing together in low tremulous tones, they have a pecu- 
liarly sorrowful appearance, seeming like homeless little wanderers over the great level 

" When the season of migration approaches, they begin to congregate in parties not 
very large (though sometimes as many as one or two hundred are seen together) ; these 
companies spend much of their time perched close together on weeds, low trees, fences, 
or other slightly elevated situations, and pay very little attention to a person approach- 
ing, but seem preoccupied or preyed upon by some anxiety that has no visible cause. 

" This time immediately preceding the departure of the Swallows is indeed a season 
of deep interest to the observer of nature. The birds seem to forget their songs and 
aerial recreations ; the attachment of the sexes, the remembrance of the spring is 
obliterated ; they already begin to feel the premonitions of that marvellous instinct that 
urges them hence : not yet an irresistible impulse, it is a vague sense of disquiet ; but 
its influence is manifest in their language and gestures, their wild manner of flight, and 
listless intervals. 

" The little Atticora cyanoleuca disappears immediately after the other larger species. 
Many stragglers continue to be seen after the departure of the main body ; but before 
the middle of March not one remains, the migration of this species being very regular." 

The descriptions are taken from the series in the British Museum, and the adult is 
figured from a Colombian specimen in Mr. Wyatt's possession, the young bird from a 
Pelotas skin in the Salvin-Godman collection. The Argentine fishing-cart is from a 
drawing of Mr. Vidal's. 

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Attkora pileata, Gould, P. Z. S. 1858, p. 355 ; Scl. & Salv. Ibis, 1859, p. 13; Baird, 
Review Amer. B. p. 307 (1S65) ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 72, no. 860 (1869) ; Scl. 
& Salv. Nomencl. Av. Neotr. p. 11 (1S73) ; Salv. & Godm. Biol. Centr.-Ainer., 
Aves, i. p. 230, tab. xv. tig. 2 (1813); Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. 
p. 1S8 (18S5). 

Notiochelidon pileata, Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 306 (1865). 

A. subtus alba, menti gulsque plumis brunneo basaliter maculatis : interscapulio brunueo : pileo indi- 
gotico-nigro : hypochondriis brunueis. 

Hub. in provincia Guatemalensi Aruericae centralis. 

Adult male. General colour above chocolate-brown on the hind neck, mantle, and back ; the scapulars, 
lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts darker and more sooty brown ; lesser and median wing- 
coverts blue- black; greater coverts, bastard-wing, and primary-coverts dark brown, the quills and 
tail-feathers blackish brown j crown of head and nape blue-black ; lores and feathers round the 
eye velvety black ; ear-coverts blackish with a slight blue gloss ; cheeks and chin blackish brown, 
edged with white ; throat, breast, and abdomen white, the feathers on the throat and chest more 
or less mottled with dark brown bases to the feathers ; sides of breast and flanks dark brown; 
thighs white ; vent and under tail-coverts blackish brown ; axillaries and under wing-coverts 
dark brown ; quills dark brown below. Total length 4 - 8 inches, culmen O2o, wing 3'7, tail 2'05, 
tarsus 0"4. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour. Total length 4*8 inches, culmen 0-3, wing 3'65, tail 2\2. 
tarsus 0"45. 

The only difference which we can detect between specimens of this species is a greater or less 
amount of mottling on the throat, owing to the way in which the brown bases of the feathers 
show through. This may be caused, it appears to us, by the abrasion or wearing away of the 
white edges to the feathers. 

The males vary in length of wing from 3 - 6 to 3'75 inches, and the females from 3"65 to 3'8. 

Young. Differs from the adult in being lighter brown, the feathers of the back being tipped with rufous- 
brown, particularly distinct on the lower back and rump ; wings and tail as in the adult ; crown 
of head dull sooty black, with scarcely any blue gloss ; under surface of body silky white, with 
a tawny tinge on the throat and chest, the sides of the body being rufous-brown. Wing 3-45 

Hab. Highlands of Guatemala, Central America. 

The present species of Swallow was discovered by the late Mr. G. N. Skinner, the 
pioneer of ornithological discovery in Guatemala. He sent home specimens to Mr. Gould, 
who described them in 1858, and afterwards handed them over to the British Museum. 
Messrs. Salvin and Godman afterwards found it themselves and have given the following 
note in the ' Biologia ' : — " Our first intimate acquaintance with this Swallow was in 
February 1862, when staying at Coban, where it was a common species, frequenting the 
great church of the town ; and our specimens were secured as they flew round over the 
courtyard of the house where we were staying, and which was close to the church. 
Having thus become familiar with the bird, we frequently observed it subsequently in 
the higher lands of the main Cordillera. Thus it was common at several points on the 
road from the city of Guatemala to Antigua, and we also observed it in several parts of 
the Altos, at an elevation of at least 8000 feet above the sea. In its habits and mode of 
flight we noticed nothing to distinguish it from other Hirundines." The localities 
mentioned by Messrs. Salvin and Godman are Coban, Quiche, Totonicapam, Quezalte- 
nango, Barranco de Los Chocoyos, Calderas, the ridge above Barsinas, Villa Lobos, and 

The descriptions are taken from birds collected by Messrs. Salvin and Godman, in 
the British Museum, and the figure is drawn from one of this same series. 


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fflrundo fucata, Tomm. PL Col. iv. pi. 161. fig. 1 (1823); Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 

Cotile fucata, Boie, Isis, 1826, p. 971 ; White, P. Z. S. 1882, p. 596. 
Eerse fucata, Less. Compl. Buff. viii. p. 498 (1837). 
Cohjle fucata, Gray, Cat. Eissir. Brit. Mus. p. 30 (1848) ; Bp. Consp. i. p. 342 (1850) ; 

Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philacl. Acad. p. 10(1853); Burm. Th. Bras. iii. p. 145 

(1856) ; id. Beis. La-Plata St. ii. p. 478 (1861) ; Reinh. Vid. Medd. Nat. Eor. 

Kjobenk. 1870, p. 251 ; Pelz. Om. Bras. pp. 18, 402 (1871) ; Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. 

Av. Neotr. p. 14 (1873). 
Atticora fucata, Baird, Beview Amer. B. p. 308 (1865) ; Gray, Haud-1. B. ii. p. 72, 

no. 858 (1869) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit, Mus. x. p. 188 (1885) ; Salvin, Ibis, 

1885, p. 206 ; Berl. & Ihering, Zeitsch. ges. Om. ii. p. 117 (1885) ; Scl. & Hudson, 

Argent. Om. i. p. 35 (1888). 

A. subtus alba : gutture et pnepectore cervinis : pileo cervino-rufo. 
Hub. in America nieridionali. 

Adult. General colour above brown, the rump and upper tail-coverts obscurely edged vrith dull whity 
brown; wing-coverts like the back, the inner greater coverts edged with whity brown near their 
ends; bastard-wing, primary- coverts, and quills blackish brown, the innermost secondaries with 
whity-brown edges ; tail-feathers dark brown ; crown of head deep tawny rufous, becoming 
clearer on the hinder crown and nape ; the ear-coverts and sides of neck tawny rufous, extending 
round the hind neck ; cheeks, throat, and breast pale tawny ; sides of body brown, slightly washed 
with rufous ; centre of breast, abdomen, and under tail-coverts white ; thighs brown ; under 
wing-coverts and axillaries smoky brown, slightly washed with rufous ; quills ashy brown below. 
Total length 4'6 inches, culmen 0'25, wing 4*15, tail 2, tarsus 0'45. 

The sexes are alike in colour and there is not much seasonal variation in plumage. The 
following are the measurements of the series of specimens in the British Museum : — 

Total length. Wing. Tail. Tarsus, 

in. in. in. in. 

a. £ ad. Koraima [Wliitely) 4-0 39 17 035 

b. ? ad. „ „ 4-2 37 1*6 0'4 

c. S ad. „ „ 4-3 3-8 1-65 04 

d. ? ad. „ „ 4-2 3-9 17 0'4 

e. (J ad. Ypanema (Natterer) 4 - 3 44 T7 - 4 

/. ? ad. „ „ 4-3 4-0 175 Ol 

g. Ad. Pampas Argentinas (Leybold), 4 - 5 3'95 2 - - 45 

h. (J ad. Mendoza (Weisshaupt) 47 375 16 - 45 

i. S ad. Cosquin {White) 4'6 4-0 IS 0-4 

Hab. Venezuela and British Guiana (Roraima), Southern Brazil and the Central Argentine Republic 
to Mendoza. 

This pretty little Swallow has all the outward appearance of a Sand-Martin (Cotile), hut 
its structure proves that it is a member of the genus Atticora, though it differs consider- 
ably in its style of plumage from all the other species of the genus. 

Very little is known respecting its distribution and habits. Its occurrence in 
Venezuela rests on a specimen said by Professor Bernhardt to exist in the museum at 
Copenhagen ; but none of the well-known collectors in that country, Goering, Spence, &c, 
appear to have met with it, and the locality needs some confirmation. Mr. Henry 
Whitely obtained several specimens on Roraima in January, and it is possible that the 
species winters in this quarter, as the birds collected by him are all in more perfect 
plumage than others from more southern localities, and have distinct whitish edgings to 
the greater coverts and secondaries. 

Throughout the whole of the Amazon valley and the greater part of Brazil we have 
absolutely no record of the species, and we do not know even whether it passes over 
these countries on migration. That the species is migratory to a certain extent we 
gather from a remark of the late Mr. E. W. White, who speaks of it as increasing in 
numbers near Cosquin in the province of Cordova in August. A specimen shot by him 
on the 29th of September shows traces of having bred in the neighbourhood, as the 
rufous edges to the feathers of the crown are abraded, so that the bird appears to have a 
cap of sooty brown. The same may be said of a specimen collected by Mr. Leybold on 
the Pampas of the Argentine Republic, and Mr. Weisshaupt in Mendoza in February. 
Not only is the rufous colour entirely gone from the crown, but the throat and breast 
are also much less rufous than in others from more northern localities. 

A summary of the dates when the species has been observed in Southern Brazil and 
the adjoining countries gives the following result : — 

Mendoza ( Weisshaupt), February. Cosquin in Cordova ( White), July to September. 
Taquara (Ihering), November. Campos of San Paulo and Minas Geraes : Byen Franca 
and Paracutu (Lund), September ; Lagoa Santa (Lund), March. Casa Pintada (Natterer), 
January ; Ytarare (Natterer), February ; Ypanema (Natterer), July. 

It would appear, therefore, that the species occurs in the south in every month 
from July to March, and the only months in which it is absent are April, May, and 
June. Swallows are, however, so uncertain in their times of migration that it is quite 
possible that many of the present species reach their winter home in Southern Guiana by 
January, while some may not migrate at all. If, however, later investigations prove 
that no migration takes place northward across the Amazon valley, it may turn out that 
the Boraima bird is specifically distinct. 

So far as we can discover, nothing has been published regarding the hahits of this 

The description has been taken from a specimen in the British Museum, and the 
figure has been drawn from one in the same collection, formerly in that of Messrs. Salvin 
and Gudman. 




ATTICORA FASCIATA [antea, p. 495]. 

Atticora fasciata, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xii. (1889). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 83 [Map]. 

ATTICORA CINEREA [antea, p. 499]. 

Atticora cinerea, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. sv. (1892). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 82 [Map]. 

ATTICORA TIBIALIS [antea, p. 501]. 

Add :— 

Atticora tibialis, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. x. (1889). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 84 [Map]. 


Add :— 

Atticora melanoleuca, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. viii. (1888). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 84 [Map]. 

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ATTICORA CYANOLEUCA [anfcft, p. 505]. 

Add :— 

Atticora cyanoleuca, Berlepsch & Ihering, Zeitschr. ges. Orn. ii. p. 21 (1885) ; 

Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xii. (1889). 
Atticora cyanoleuca inontana, Cherrie, Auk, ix. p. 22 (1892). 

Dr. Ihering procured this species at Taquara, in Rio Grande do Sul, on the 28th of 
November, and again on the 6th of January. 

Mr. Cherrie gives the following note from Costa Rica: — "A common resident. 
Breeds in the roofs of the houses. The young birds begin appearing about the 1st of 
July. They differ from the adult in being washed with pinkish buff below, including 
the under tail-coverts, while above the metallic lustre of the feathers is not so bright. 
In some examples the throat and belly are white, and the breast is crossed by a huffy 
band. The male of a pair that had their nest in the roof of the Museum was accidentally 
killed before the eggs hatched. The female did not desert her post, and when the 
young were hatched attended to the wants of the young alone." 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 85 [Map]. 

ATTICORA PILEATA [antea, p. 513]. 
Add :— 

Atticora pileata, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. vi. (1887). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 83 [Map]. 

ATTICORA FUCATA [antea, p. 515]. 
Add :— 

Atticora fucata, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. viii. (1888) ; Berl. & Ihering, 
Zeitschr. ges. Orn. ii. p. 21 (1885). 

Procured at Taquara, in Rio Grande do Sul, on the 19th of November by Dr. Ihering. 
For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 102 [Map]. 



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Petrochelidon, Cab. Mus. Hein. i. p. 17 (1850) P. swainsoni. 

Hylcchelidon, Gould, Handb. B. Austi-. i. p. Ill (1865) P. nigricans. 

Lagenoplastes, Gould, torn. cit. p. 113 (1865) P. ariel. 

Amnochelidon, Bald. J. f. O. 1869, p. 106 P. nigricans. 

Range. North America; Central America; South America to Brazil and Peru; Antilles; South and 
South-west Africa; Central India; Australia and the Papuan Islands. 

Clavis specierum. 

a. Frons fulvescens aut rufa. 

a. Uropygium albicans aut fumoso-albicans : guttur albicans, minute nigra 

a". Major: uropygium albicans 1. nigricans, p. 525. 

b". Minor : uropygium fumoso-albicans : gastrreum fumoso-brunneo 

adumbratum 2. timoriensis, p. 529. 

b'. Uropygium rufum : guttur rufum. 

c". Frons albicans aut fulvescens : torques nuchalis minimc obvia : 
mentum ad basin nigrum : jugulum imum fascia cserulescenti-nigra 

ornatum : hypochondria? cinerascenti-brunnea?, 3. pyrrhonota,\).o2>\. 

d" . Frons castanea : torques nuchalis rufa obvia, regioni paroticali con- 
a'". Mentum ad basin nigrum : fascia jugularis crerulescenti-nigra : 

hypochondriae cinerascenti-brunneEe 4. swainsoni, p. 555. 

b'". Mentum minime nigrum : fascia jugularis nulla : guttur rufum : 

hypochondria rufaj 5. fulva, p. 561. 

c 1 . Uropygium rufum : guttur album : fascia pnepectoralis rufa .... 6. ruficollaris, p. 567. 

b. Frons anguste rufo transfasciata : pileum ca?rulescenti-nigrum, dorso concolor : 

uropygium rufum : gastrseum rufum : guttur et crissum castanea .... 7. rufigula, p. 571. 

c. Fascia frontalis rufa nulla : tectrices subalares et axillares pallide rufce : 

tectrices supracaudales et subcaudales nigra?., rufo apicataj 8. spilodera, p. 573. 

d. Pileum rufum. 

d'. Uropygium fumoso-brunneum, fusco marmoratum : guttur et prsepectus 

late nigro striolata 9. fluvicola, p. 577. 

e' . Uropygium albicans : guttur anguste fusco striolatum 10. arid, p. 585. 


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Hirundo nigricans, Vieill. N. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xiv. p. 523 (1817); Quoy et Gaiin. 

Voy. Astrol., Zool. i. p. 205, pi. 12. fig. 2 (1830) ; Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1845) ; 

id. Cat. Eissir. Brit. Mus. p. 24 (1848) ; id. P. Z. S. 1858, pp. 171, 189 ; id. Cat. 

B. New Guinea, pp. 18, 54 (1859) ; id. P. Z. S. 1861, p. 433 ; Einsch, Neu-Guinea, 

p. 162 (1865) ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 70, no. 817 (1869) ; Buller, B. N. Zeal. 

p. 141 (1873) ; Einsch, Ibis, 1881, p. 536 ; Buller, Man. B. N. Zeal. p. 6 (1882). 
Dun-rwmped Swallow, Lath. Gen. Hist. vii. p. 309 (1823). 
Hirundo pyrrhonota, Vig. & Horsf. Trans. Linn. Soc. xv. p. 190 (1826, ex Lath. 

MSS., nee V.). 
Herse nigricans, Less. Compl. Buff. viii. p. 497 (1837) ; Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1845) ; 

Bp. Consp. i. p. 340 (1850) ; Rosenb. J. f. O. 1864, p. 120. 
Herse pyrrhonota, Less. Cornpl. Buff. Ois. viii. p. 497 (1837). 
Cecropis nigricans, Boie, Isis, 1844, p. 175. 
Cecropis pyrrhonota, Boie, t. c. 

Collocalia arborea, Gould, B. Austr. ii. pi. 14 (c. 1848). 
Chelidon arborea, Gould, t. c., Intr. p. xxix (1848). 

Hirundo pyrrhonota australis, Ternm. & Schl. Eaun. Jap., Aves, p. 35 (1850). 
Tetrochelidon nigricans, Cab. Mus. Hein. Th. i. p. 47 (1850) ; Cass. Cat. Hirund. 

Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 7 (1853) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 190 (1885). 
Chelidon nigricans, Licht. Nomencl. Av. p. 61 (1S54). 
Hylochelidon nigricans, Gould, Handb. B. Austr. i. p. Ill (1865) ; Masters, Proc. 

Linn. Soc. N. S. W. i. p. 47 (1875) ; Ramsay, t. c. p. 389 (1876) ; id. & Casteln. 

t. c. p. 389 (1876) ; Ramsay, op. cit. ii. p. 179 (1878) ; id. op. cit. iv. p. 98 (1879) ; 

Salvad. Ann. Mus. Civic. Genov. x. p. 131 (1877) ; id. P. Z. S. 1878, p. 95 ; id. 

Ann. Mus. Civic. Genov. xiv. pp. 491, 618 (1879) ; Buller, Trans. N. Zeal. Inst. 

xi. p. 360 (1878) ; Salvad. Orn. Papuasia, &c. ii. p. 6 (1881) ; id. Report Voy. 

' Challenger,' ii. Birds, p. 78 (1884). 
Hirundo (Herse) arborea, Pelz. Reis. ' Novara,' Vog. p. 41 (1875). 
Hydrochelidon (lapsu) nigricans, Ramsay, Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. iii. p. 275 


P. fasci& frontali rufa; uropygio albicante; gutture albicante angustissime nigro striolato. 

Hab. in Australia et iii iusulis Australians, in Nova Zealandia, Nova Guinea, et in iusulis ' Aru ' et 
' Ke ' dictis. 

Adult male. General colour above deep steel-blue, slightly streaked with dusky white where the light 
bases of the feathers show through ; lesser wing-coverts like the back, the remainder dusky brown 
as well as the quills, the innermost secondaries with a narrow edging of dull white at the tip; 
lower back and rump whity brown, slightly washed with sandy rufous, the feathers edged with 
creamy white and having blackish shafts ; upper tail-coverts dusky brown, rather broadly edged 
with creamy white ; tail-feathers dusky brown ; a frontal band of pale brick-red extending back- 
wards to the corner of the eye; the base of the forehead near the culmen minutely spotted with 
dull steel-blue ; lores, feathers round the eye, and ear-coverts sooty blackish ; sides of the neck 
sandy buff, streaked with dull black ; cheeks and throat dull whitish, with a tinge of buff, the 
feathers minutely streaked with dusky blackish shaft-lines ; fore neck, chest, and sides of body 
pale sandy rufous, with narrow shaft-lines of dusky, less distinct on the flanks ; breast and abdo- 
men paler, being whitish with a sandy-rufous tinge; the under tail-coverts similarly coloured, and 
having dusky shaft-lines ; sides of upper breast with a patch of blackish or dull blue ; under wing- 
coverts and axillaries deeper sandy rufous, with dusky shaft-lines ; quills dusky below, rather 
paler along the inner web : " bill blackish brown ; legs and feet olive-brown ; iris blackish brown " 
(Gould). Total length 5 - 2 inches, culmen 0-3, wing 4 - 2, tail 2T, tarsus 0'5. 

Young. Distinguished from the adult by the absence of the rufous band on the forehead, which is replaced 
by a few sandy-buff feathers. The whole tone of coloration is duller in the young than in the old 
birds, the upper surface being dusky brown with more or less of a blue gloss, the inner secondaries 
edged with pale rufous at the tips. The under surface is paler than in the adult. 

Some specimens are remarkable for the rufous glow which pervades their lower surface; these are pro- 
bably old birds killed in spring. It seems certain that, after breeding, this tinge is lost and the 
plumage becomes more or less abraded, the chest fades to smoky brown in colour, and the throat, 
breast, and under tail-coverts are purer white. The rump, which iu breeding birds is strongly 
suffused with rufous, also becomes gradually bleached, and fades to a dull whitish or pale 
smoky brown. 

The size of the present species appears to vary to an unusual extent for a Swallow — the wing 
in adults ranging from 4 to 4'35 inches, a remarkable difference for so small a bird. 

Mr. Gould seems to consider that these differences of size are coincident with locality ; but we 
have not remarked this particularly, and it is hardly likely to be the case with such a strictly 
migratory species. 

Huh. Australia generally and Tasmania. Accidental in New Zealand. New Britain, New Guinea, Aru 
Islands, Ke Islands. 

The broad whitish band across the lower back and rump easily distinguishes this species 
of Cliff-Swallow, which is essentially an Australian bird. It is very widely distributed 
over the Australian continent, and, according to Mr. Ramsay, it is found everywhere 
with the exception of Port Darling and Port Essington; it doubtless occurs in these 
places also, but has not yet been observed by a competent naturalist. 

Mr. Gould has given the following account of the species as observed by him in 
Australia : — 

" The Tree-Swallow is a very common summer visitant to the southern portions of 

Australia and Tasmania, arriving in August and retiring northwards as autumn 
approaches. It is a very familiar species, and frequents the towns in company with the 
Swallow. I observed it to be particularly numerous in the streets of Ilobart Town, 
where it arrives early in September ; the more southern and colder situation of the 
island rendering all migratory birds later in their arrival there. 

" It breeds during the month of October in the holes of trees, making no nest, but 
laying its eggs on tbe soft dust generally found in such places : the eggs are from three 
to five in number, of a pinky white faintly freckled at the larger end with fine spots of 
light reddish brown ; they are eight lines long by sis lines broad. 

" Considerable difference exists both in size and in the depth of colouring of specimens 
killed in New South Wales, Swan River, and Tasmania ; but as there exists no distinctive 
character of marking, I regard them as local varieties rather than as distinct species. 
Tasmanian specimens are larger in all their admeasurements, and have the fulvous tint 
of the under surface and the band across the forehead much deeper than in those killed 
in New South Wales ; individuals from the latter locality again exceed in size those from 
Western Australia." 

Sir Walter Buller has recorded several instances of the occurrence of this Swallow 
in New Zealand, where it is only of rare and occasional occurrence. Mr. Lea shot a 
specimen at Taupata, near Cape Earewell, on the 14th of March, and the specimen is in 
the Otago Museum. Mr. P. Jollie observed a flight at Wakapuaka, in the vicinity of 
Nelson, in the summer of 1851, and shot one specimen. According to Sir David Monro, 
it has occurred several times near Nelson (Trans. N. Z. Inst. vii. p. 510). Lastly, 
Mr. J. R. W. Cook, writing to Sir W. Buller, states that he noticed a Swallow on the 
9th of June about two miles from Blenheim, on the bank of the Opawa River, and from 
the description given it was evidently the Australian species. 

In South-eastern New Guinea Mr. Goldie has procured this Swallow about 15 miles 
inland from Port Moresby, but it was not common. Dr. Pinsch mentions it in ' The 
Ibis ' (/. c.) as occurring in New Britain, but he does not allude to the species in his 
' Vogel der Siidsee.' D'Albertis met with it at Sorong, in North-western New Guinea, 
and a specimen from Dourga, in the same island, is in the Leyden Museum. Mr. Wallace 
procured it in the Aru Islands, where it was also collected by the naturalists of the 
' Challenger ' expedition. Dr. Beccari has also shot the species in the Ke Islands. On 
Timor it appears to be replaced by a slightly modified race. 

The descriptions are taken from the British-Museum ' Catalogue of Birds,' and the 
figure in the Plate is drawn from a specimen in the possession of Captain Wardlaw 



Mirundo nigricans (nee Vieill.), Wallace, P. Z. S. 1863, p. 485. 
Petrochelklon timoriensis, Sharpe, Cat. Birds in. Brit. Mus. s. p. 192 (1881). 

P. similis P. nigricanti, sed minor, uropygio ct corpore subtus fumoso lavatis. 
Hub. in insulis Moluccauis 'Timor' et ' Flores ; dictis. 

Adult male. Similar to P. nigricans, but very much smaller in size, and distinguished by the dark smoky- 
brown colour of the rump, the smoky colour of the under/parts, and the greater extent of the 
shaft-striping, which is very distinct and continues over the throat, breast, and entire sides of the 
body. Total length 4"5 inches, culmen 0'3, wing 3'65, tail 1"65, tarsus 0"4. 

In the other two examples in the British Museum the wing measures 3'6 and 3 - 75 inches 

Hub. Island of Timor, and probably Flores. 

The characters above given sufficiently describe the difference between the Timor Cliff- 
Swallow and its congener from Australia. They scarcely amount to specific distinctions, 
and are perhaps characteristic of an island race only. Three specimens are in the 
British Museum, from Mr. Wallace's collection, all having been obtained by that 
naturalist in the island of Timor. Mr. Wallace likewise records it as occurring in 
Flores ; but we have never seen a specimen from the last-mentioned island, nor was there 
one in Mr. Wallace's collection when it passed into the hands of the Museum. It is 
quite possible, however, that he saw this Swallow flying about in the island of Flores, 
in which case the species would no doubt be the same as that from Timor. 

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Hirimdo no. 35, Forster, Pliilos. Trans, p. 408 (1772). 

? Hirondelle a croupion roux et queue carree, Montb. Hist. Nat. Ois. vi. p. 69S 

? Rufoiis-rumped Swallow, Lath. Gen. Syn. ii. pt. 2, p. 582 (1783). 
? Hirimdo americana, Gin. Syst. Nat. i. p. 1017 (1788, ex Lath.); Gray, Hancl-1. B. 

i. p. 71, no. 810 (1869). 
Golondrma rabadilla acanelada, Azara, Apunt. ii. p. 511, no. 305 (1802) ; Ilartl. 

Ind. Azara, p. 19 (1817). 
Hirimdo pyrrlionota, Vieill. Nouv. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xiv. p. 519 (1817); Gray, Gen. 

B. i. p. 58 (1815). 
Hirimdo lunifrons, Say in Long's Exped. P^ocky Mts. ii. p. 47 (1823) ; Swains. Eann. 

Bor.-Amer., Birds, p. 331 (1831) ; Brewer, Proc. Bost. Soc. N. H. 1852, p. 270 ; 

Wood, Report Zuni and Color. R. 1853, p. 64 ; Cass. 111. B. Calif, p. 243 (1S56) ; 

Brewer, N. Amer. Ool. p. 94, pi. 5. figs. 68-73 (1857) ; Baird, in Baird, Cass., & 

Lawr. B. N. Amer. p. 309 (1858) ; Nantus, Proc. Philad. Acad. 1859, p. 191 ; 

Blakist. Ibis, 1863, p. 64 ; Coues, Ibis, 1865, p. 163 ; Dresser, t. c. p. 479 ; Baird, 

Ibis, 1867, p. 274 ; Brown, Ibis, 1868, p. 427 ; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 71, no. 836 

(1869) ; Dall & Bann. Trans. Chicago Acad. i. p. 279 (1869) ; Cooper, B. Calif. 

p. 104 (1870) ; Allen, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. iii. p. 176 (1872) ; Harting, Handb. 

Brit. B. p. 125 (1872). 
Hirimdo opifex, De Witt Clinton, Ann. Lye. N. Y. i. p. 161 (1824). 
Hirimdo respublicana, Audub. Ann. Lye. N. Y. i. p. 164 (1824). 
Hirimdo fulva (non V.), De Witt Clinton, Ann. Lye. N. Y. i. p. 156 (1824) ; Bp. 

Amer. Orn. i. p. 63, pi. 7. fig. 1 (1825) ; Audub. B. Amer. pi. 68 (c. 1826) ; id. 

Orn. Biogr. i. p. 353 (1831) ; Bp. Comp. List B. Eur. & N. Amer. p. 9 (1838) ; 

Audub. B. Amer. 8vo, i. p. 77, pi. 47 (1840); Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1815, pt). 
Cecropis lunifrons, Boie, Isis, 1828, p. 315, 1844, p. 175. 
Cecropis pijrrhonota, Boie, Isis, 1844, p. 173. 
Herse fulva, pt. (nee V.), Bp. Consp. i. p. 341 (1850). 
JPetrochelidon americana, Cab. Mus. Hein. Th. i. p. 47, note (1850) ; Pelz. Orn. 

Bras. pp. 17, 402 (1871). 
Felrochelidon fulva (nee V.), Bp. C. R. xxxviii. p. 650 (1854, pt.). 
Rirundo fulvus (nee V.), Willis, Smiths. Rep. 1858-59, p. 281. 
Tetrochelidon lunifrons, Cass. Cat. Ilirund. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 4 (1853); Lawr. Ann. 

Lye. N. Y. vii. p. 317 (1861) ; Scl. Cat. Amer. B. p. 40 (1862) ; Coues, Key N. 
Amer. B. p. 114 (1872) ; id. B. N.-West, p. 88 (1874) ; Baird, Brewer, & Bidgw. 
Hist. N. Amer. B. i. p. 334, pi. 16. fig. 13 (1874) ; Henshaw, Bep. Expl. 100th 
Merid., Zool. p. 215 (1875) ; Ridgw. Bep. Survey 40th Bar. iv. p. 440 (1877) ; 
Coues, B. Color. Vail. p. 426 (1878); Sennett, Bull. U. S. Geol. Surv. iv. p. 15 
(1878) ; Coues, t. c. p. 371 (1878) ; Brewst. Bull. Nutt. Orn. Club, ii. p. 63 
(1878) ; Coues, t. e. p. 105 ; Merrill, Broc. U. S. Nat. Mus. i. p. 125 (1S78) ; 
Scott, Bull. Nutt. Oru. Club, iv. pp. 93, 142 (1878) ; Beldiug, t. c. p. 408 (1879) ; 
Bidgw. Broc. U. S. Nat. Mus. iii. p. 175 (1880) ; Boberts & Beuuer, Bull. Nutt. 
Oru. Club, v. p. 14 (1880) ; Knowlton, op. cit. vi. p. 55 (1881) ; Merriam, t. c. 
p. 229 (1881) ; Hoffm. Bull. U. S. Geol. Surv. vi. p. 220 (1881) ; Coues, Check- 
list N. Amer. B. p. 43 (1882) ; Beldiug, Broc. IT. S. Nat. Mus. v. p. 547 (1882) ; 
Nehrling, Bull. Nutt. Orn. Club, vii. p. 11 (1882) ; Brown, t. c. p. 27 ; Batch, t. c. 
p. 110 ; Brewst. t. c. p. 146 ; Merriam, t. c. p. 235 ; Allen & Brewst. op. cit. viii. 
p. 160 (1SS3) ; Lawr. Mem. Bost. Soc. N. H. ii. p. 271 (1S84); Coues, Key N. Amer. 
B. 2nd ed. p. 323 (1884); Drew, Auk, ii. p. 15 (1885) ; Agersb. t. c. p. 279 ; Turner, 
Broc. U. S. Nat. Mus. viii. p. 239 (1885) ; A. O. U. Check-1. p. 292 (1886) ; Anthony, 
Auk, iii. p. 169 (1886) ; Everm. t. c. p. 183 ; Fox, t, c. p. 317 ; Thompson (Seton), 
t. c. p. 324; Ferrari-Berez, Broc. U. S. Nat. Mus. ix. p. 139 (1886) ; Bidgw. t. c. 
p. 139, note ; Dwight, Auk, iv. p. 15 (1887) ; Beckh. t. c. p. 123 ; Lloyd, t. c. p. 294 ; 
Beckh. t.c. p. 304; Nelson, Nat* Hist. Alaska, p. 197 (1887); Bidgw. Man. N. Amer. 
B. p. 460 (1887) ; Towns. Broc. U. S. Nat. Mus. x. p. 221 (1887) ; Bidgw. t. c. 
pp. 540, 579 ; Beckh. t. c. p. 682 ; Bichm. Auk, v. p. 23 (1888) ; Scott, t. c. p. 31 ; 
Faxon & Allen, t. o. p. 150 ; Merrill, t. c. p. 300 ; Brewst. t. c. p. 389 ; Warren, B. 
Bemisylv. p. 205 (188S) ; Everm. Auk, vi. p. 25 (1889) ; Faxon, t. c. pp. 45, 102 ; 
F. H. Allen, t. c. p. 77 ; Mcarns, Auk, vii. p. 48 (1890). 

Ilerse lunifrons, Coues, Ibis, 1865, p. 159. 

Pet rochelidon pyrrhonota, Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. Av. Neotr. p. 14 (1873) ; Durnf. 
Ibis, 1877, p. 169, 187S, p. 58 ; White, B. Z. S. 1882, p. 595 ; Salvin & Godman, 
Biol. Centr.-Amer., Aves, i. p. 226 (1883) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. 
pp. 193, 635 (1S85); Gibson, Ibis, 1885, p. 277; Salvin, Ibis, 1888, p. 256; 
Sclater & Hudson, Argent. Orn. i. p. 30 (1888). 

Hirundo fulca, var. lunifrons, Cooper, Broc. U. S. Nat. Mus. ii. p. 246 (1880). 

P. uropygio rufo : gula rufa : fascia frontali pallide arenaria : torque collari cinerascenti-brunnea postice 
interrupts : mento ad basin nigro : macula jugulari saturate chalybeo -nigra : liypoehondriis ciue- 

Hub. in America septentrionali, in America centrali occidentali et in America meridionali usque ad 
terrain Argentinam. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy dark steel-blue, streaked on the back with, more or less con- 
cealed ashy-whitish edges to the feathers ; lower back and rump ciunamon-rufous, the upper 

tail-coverts brown with ashy margins ; wing-coverts black, slightly glossed with steel-bine, the 
inner greater coverts slightly edged with ashy whitish ; bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills 
blackish, the inner secondaries with narrow ashy margins at the tips of the feathers ; tail-feathers 
blackish with a greenish gloss; crown of head glossy steel-blue, separated from the back by an 
indistinct collar of ashy brown ; forehead pale sandy buff ; lores and a narrow frontal band black ; 
ear-coverts, cheeks, and sides of face deep chestnut-rufous, spreading on to the sides of the hind 
neck ; chin also deep chestnut-rufous, glossed with a few steel-blue feathers, the lower throat 
entirely glossy steel-blue, forming a patch ; fore neck and chest light ashy brown washed with 
rufous ; the sides of the body and flanks similarly coloured, with narrow dusky shaft-lines on the 
flanks; centre of the breast and abdomen whitish with a slight tint of brown ; vent pale rufous; 
under tail-coverts ashy brown, darker towards the ends, the feathers distinctly margined with 
white ; under wing-coverts and axillaries ashy brown, distinctly tinged with rufous, especially 
near the edge of the wing; quills dark ashy brown below. Total length 5 - 3 inches, culmen 0'3, 
wing 4'35, tail 2'05, tarsus 0'45. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour. Total length 5 - 5 inches, culmen 0"3, wing 4"4, tail 2 - 15' 
tarsus - 5. 

The length of wing in the males varies from 4\2 to 4'4 inches, and the bulk of the female birds in the 
Henshaw collection measure 4 - 2 or 4*3 inches, but two specimens, both marked females, have a 
wing of 4 - 45 inches, so that there is probably very little difference in the size of the two sexes. 

Young. Dull blackish, with rufescent margins to the feathers, the head duller than the back, which has 
a slight shade of blue ; the reddish forehead only faintly indicated and having a few white 
feathers intermixed ; a slight indication of a rufescent collar on the hind neck ; upper tail-coverts, 
wings, and tail brown, with ashy rufous margins to the tail-coverts, greater wing-coverts, and 
inner secondaries ; sides of face blackish brown, with a white feather or two on the ear-coverts ; 
cheeks and throat chestnut, the lower tlrroat black, all these parts irregularly spotted with white; 
remainder of the under surface of body as in the adults, but the rufous on the chest and sides 
very strongly marked, and the under tail-coverts broadly edged with rufous. 

The amount of white markings on the throat and forehead in the young birds varies greatly. 
Some of them have abundance of wliite on the throat and none on the forehead, whde others 
have the forehead thickly spotted, but show no white at all on the throat. By the end of July the 
original colour of the bird becomes much obliterated, the upper surface is dusky blackish with- 
out any blue, the cinnamon rump and the rufous of the under surface almost disappear by abrasion, 
and it is perfectly comprehensible that the body-feathers must be renewed before the bird migrates 
to summer climates. 

The series in the Henshaw collection is very complete, and shows all the stages of plumage excepting 
the absolute nestling. Both sexes are equally bright in colour when they arrive in May, and the 
rufous on the forehead is strongly pronounced. During June the frontal band bleaches to whity 
brown, but by the end of July the whole of the feathers are very much worn and discoloured, and 
the whitish edgings to the under tail-coverts become completely abraded, while most of the white 
streaks on the back disappear. The plumage of the hen bird appears to suffer more than that of 
the male, and the black spot on the throat is all but obliterated. 

That the moult of the old birds commences before they leave their northern home is proved by 
a female bird procured at Washington on the 11th of August which is beginning to renew its 
body-feathers. In the case of the young birds the moult is often much advanced, and in a series 

procured bv Dr. Fisher at Sing Sing, N.Y., in August, several of tlie specimens are in active moult. 
These may be the earlier hatched individuals, as some specimens have not commenced to moult. 

Hab. North America at large, migrating down Central America to Brazil and the Argentine Republic. 

The Cliff-Swallow of North America is distinguished by its sandy-buff frontal band and 
rufous rump and throat. 

Its range iu summer is verv extensive, but the line of its winter migrations is still 
somewhat difficult to indicate, as it has occurred in various parts of Central America, 
but principally on the Eastern or Atlantic side, so that it is probably by this route that 
the species finds its way to its winter home in South America, where it visits Brazil and 
the Argentine Republic. The earliest assured name of the species is undoubtedly 
Hirundo pyrrhonota of Vieillot, founded on Azara's " Golondrina rabadilla acanelada " ; 
and although Professor Ridgway challenges this identification, there can scarcely be any 
doubt that it is correct. 

The best account of the species in North America is that published by Professor 
Elliott Coues in his ' Birds of the Colorado Valley,' and this is such a perfect Monograph 
of the Cliff-Swallow that we cannot resist quoting it in its entirety : — 

" Discovery of this notable Swallow, commonly attributed to Say, was made long 
before Long's expedition to the Pocky Mountains, though the species was first named 
in the book which treats of that interesting journey. The bird may have been discovered 
by the celebrated John Peinhold Eorster ; at any rate, the earliest note I have in hand 
respecting the Cliff-Swallow is Porster's, dating 1772, when this naturalist published in 
the Philosophical Transactions 'An Account of the Birds sent from Hudson's Bay ; with 
observations relative to their Natural History, and Latin Descriptions of some of the 
most Uncommon,' — a rather noted paper, in which seven new species, viz. Falco spadiceus, 
Strix nebulosa, Emberiza [i. e. Zonotrichia] leucophrys, Fringilla [i. e. Juncd] hudsonius, 
Muscicapa [i. e. Dendrceca] striata, Parus hudsonicus, and Scolopax [i. e. Numenius] 
borealis, are described, with references to various other new birds by number, such as 
' Tardus No. 22,' which is Scolecophagus ferrugineus, and ' Hirundo No. 35,' which is 
JPetrochelidon lunifrons. The next observer — in fact, a rediscoverer — was, perhaps, 
Audubon, who says that he saw Republican or Cliff Swallows for the first time in 1815, 
at Henderson, on the Ohio ; that he drew up a description at the time, naming the species 
Hirundo republicana [sic] ; and that he again saw the same bird in 1819 at Newport, 
Ky., where they usually appeared about the 10th of April, and had that year finished 
about fifty nests by the 20th of the same month. The next year, namely 1820, Major 
Long and Sir John Pranklin found these birds again, in widely remote regions, the first- 
named during his expedition to the Rocky Mountains, and the latter on the journey from 
Cumberland House to Eort Enterprise, and on the banks of Point Lake, in latitude 65°, 
where its earliest arrival was noted the following year on the 12th of June. Dr. Richard- 
son says that their clustered nests are of frequent occurrence on the faces of cliffs of the' 

Barren Grounds, and not uncommon throughout the course of the Slave and Mackenzie 
Pavers, and that their first appearance at Port Chipewyan was on the 25th of June, 1825. 
Major Long's discovery was named Hirundo lunifrons by Say in 1823 ; and the follow- 
ing year Audubon published his hitherto MS. name republicana in the ' Annals of the 
New York Lyceum of Natural History,' with some remarks on the species, in connection 
with some observations of Governor de Witt Clinton, who called the bird Hirundo opifex. 
Meanwhile, Vieillot had described the West Indian conspecies as Hirundo fuloa ; and 
the future Prince Bonaparte adopted this name for our species in 1825. Thus in the 
short space of two years, 1823-25, the interesting Anouyma, ' No. 35,' before known 
only by number, like the striped inmates of some of our penal establishments, suddenly 
became quite a lion, with titles galore in the binomial Jtaut ton. But it was not till 
1850 that it was actually raised to the sublime degree of Petrochelidon, though it had 
long been taken and held to be a master mason. 

" The Cliff-Swallow has been supposed by some to be an immigrant of comparatively 
recent date in the Eastern United States ; but it does not appear that any broad theory 
of a general progressive eastward extension is fairly deducible from the evidence we 
possess. On the contrary, much of the testimony is merely indicative of the dates 
when, in various parts of the country, the birds began to build under eaves, and so 
establish colonies where none existed before ; and some of the evidence opposes the view 
just mentioned. The Swallows, as a rule, are birds of local distribution in the breeding- 
season notwithstanding their pre-eminent migratory abilities ; they tend to settle in 
particular places, and return year after year ; and nothing is better known than that 
one town may be full of Swallows of several kinds unknown in another town hard by. 
I suppose the real meaning of the record is ' only this and nothing more.' Neverthe- 
less, these accounts are interesting, and all have their bearing on the natural history of 
this remarkable bird. It was unknown to Wilson. In 1817, between Audubon's times 
of observation in Kentucky, Clinton says he first saw Eave-S wallows at Whitehall, New 
York, at the southern end of Lake Champlain. Zadock Thompson found them at 
Randolph, Yt., about the same time. Mr. G. A. Boardman tells me that they were no 
novelty at St. Stephen's, New Brunswick, in 1828. Dr. Brewer received their eggs from 
Coventry, Yt., in 1837, when they were new to him ; but the date of their appearance 
there was not determined. They are said by the same writer to have appeared at Jaffrey, 
N.H., in 1838 ; at Carlisle, P., in 1811 ; and the appearance of a large colony which he 
observed at Attleborough, Mass., in 1842, indicated that they had been there for several 
years. During the last-mentioned year they were present, apparently for the first time, 
in Boston and neio-hbourint}; metastatic foci of the adobe. The record also teaches that 
these birds do not necessarily change from ' Cliff ' to ' Eave ' Swallows in the east, for in 
1861 Professor Verrill discovered a large colony breeding on limestone cliffs of Anti- 
costi, remote from man, and in their primitive fashion. That the settlement of the 
country has conduced to the general dispersion of the birds during the breeding-season 
in places that knew them not before is undoubted ; but that any general eastward 



migration ever occurred, or that there has been in recent times a progressive spread of 
the birds across successive meridians, is less than doubtful — is almost disproven. Birds 
that fly like Swallows, and go from South America to the Arctic Ocean, are not likely 
to cut around via Mississippi or the Rocky Mountains, houses or no houses. Moreover, 
the scarcity or apparent absence of these birds in the Southern States, or most portions 
thereof, may be simply due to the ineligibility of the country, and only true for a part 
of the year. It cannot be that the breeding-birds of Pennsylvania, New York, and New 
England come and go by other than a direct route, and if not detected in the Southern 
States, it must be because they fly over the country in their migrations and do not stop 
to breed. It is authenticated that they nest at least as far south as Washington, D.C., 
where Dr. Coues and Dr. Prentiss found them some twenty years ago to be summer 
residents, arriving late in April and remaining until the middle of September, though 
they were not so abundant as some of the other Swallows." 

The American Cliff-Swallow is a very widely distributed species in North America, 
and its winter range extends to Southern Brazil, Paraguay, and the Argentine Republic. 
We have received from Mr. Ernest Thompson the following details of its range in 
Canada : — 
" Distribution in Ontario. 

" London and vicinity. Ten years ago abundant, breeding on fully half the farms. 

Now I do not see very many except in fall, when they are abundant in 

localities. Think possibly they are drawing into larger communities, though 

I have no evidence of real value to support this idea (W. E. Saunders). 

" Hyde Park. Summer resident {John A. Morden). 

" IAstowel, Co. of Perth. Very numerous in some country places. Dave seen 56 

nests on one out-building {JJ'm. L. Kelts). 
" Hamilton. Early in May the Cliff-Swallow crosses the southern borders of 
Ontario .... in colonies .... all over the country. Two broods are raised 
in the season, and by the end of August they begin to move off (T. Mcllwraith, 
'Birds of Ontario,' p. 256). 
" Toronto. A common summer resident about here, breeding under eaves of barns 
and houses. Dr. Brodie calls my attention to the fact that it is much less 
common now than formerly. I have it noted as follows : Arrived May 11th in 
" Springfield, and Credit Valley, southward to Lake Ontario. Noted this species 

there in 1888 as rare. First seen June 2nd. 
" Ellora. Summer visitant. Common {Hon. Chas. Clarke). 
'■'Bruce Co., Central region, about Mildmay. Summer resident. Common {W. 

A. Schoenau). 
"Lindsay. Ten years ago very abundant about the barns. I have counted as 
many as seventy nests under the eaves about a single barnyard. It may be so 
yet, as I have not since visited the locality. 

" Millbrooh. Summer resident, abundant. Noted first lltli April (1885) (Geo. 

" Peterborough. Common (Rev. Vincent Clement i). 
" Yarker, Addihgtm Co. Summer resident, abundant. April 27th to May lltb 

(John J. Swart). 
"Kingston. Abundant (Br. C. K. Clarke). 

" Distribution in the Province of Quebec. 

"Montreal. Summer resident, abundant (W. W. Dunlop). 

" Point cle Monts. A small colony nested in the deserted Hudson's Bay Trading 

Post at Godbout this year (1882) (Dr. C. Hart llerriam). 
" County of Quebec and north to Lake St. John. Summer resident, abundant 
(John Neilson). 

''Distribution in Labrador. 

" Verrill reports it breeding in large numbers, July 15th, 1861, on Anticosti (L. M. 
Turner, Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 1885, p. 239). 

"Distribution in Manitoba and the North-west. 

" Carberrg. About Carberry and on tbe Big Plain I noted it only as a migrant; 
apparently there were no suitable building sites. Aug. 26th, 1882 : Swarm of 
Cliff-Swallows migrating to-day, living east. 
" Turtle Mountain, in Southern Manitoba. Here in 1882, on 20th Mav, I saw 

several apparently just arrived from the south. 
" Brandon. At this place on 25th May, 1882, I saw a number of the birds and 54 

nests under one high eave, 50 feet long, facing the south. 
" Partage la Prairie. Common summer resident (C. W. Nash). 
" Winnipeg. Abundant summer resident ( W. L. Mine). Common (P. M. 

" Shoal Lake, in Western Manitoba. I have noted, June 4th, 1884, Cliff-Swallows 

nesting ; one had in gizzard water-beetles and flies. 
" Assessippi, or Shell River, Western Manitoba. Cliff-Swallows nesting in 

" Fort Ellice. Abundant, breeding. 
" QuAppelle. Summer visitant; arrives about 10th May; breeds (Geo. F. 

" North-west. Abundant (Prof. John Macoun). 

" This is the most abundant of the Swallows that are found in the North-west, 
although its distribution there is somewhat erratic, and evidently governed by the 
presence of suitable places for nesting. Apparently, a high eave or overhanging wall, 
in a sheltered valley, near w r ater, and with a southerly aspect, are the favourite sur- 
roundings of this bird, and when all these circumstances are combined, the place is 
usually encrusted with the long bottle-shaped nests, and the welkin resounds with the 



twittering of the birds daring the breeding-season. As already noted, I saw 54 of the 
completed nests, and many in various stages of advancement, under a 50-foot eave, down 
in the river valley by Brandon. Similarly, the sheltered buildings by the river near Fort 
Ellice were colonized. At Shoal Lake I saw a somewhat low building with about thirty 
nests under the eaves. This was not in a sheltered place, but it overlooked the water. 
About our own building at Carberry there never were any Cliff-Swallows, for the reason, 
I believe, that they were out on the open prairie, remote from shelter and water. On 
the other hand, the new mill at Assessippi, deep down in the sheltered valley, by the 
millpond, offered every inducement, and, as I myself saw in June 1884, over 300 pairs 
of Cliff-Swallows had commenced to build before the carpenters were out of the building. 
The air around was filled with the birds, like bees about a hive, and their continual 
twittering made in the aggregate such a volume of sound as to be an annoyance to the 
inhabitants of the village. 

" In estimating their number I have assumed that each nest represented a pair. 


" The accompanying photograph will illustrate the manner of their nesting in the 
North-west of Canada." 

Capt. Blakiston writes : — " The Cliff-Swallow is also given in the 5 Fauna Boreali- 
Americana ' and by Mr. Boss on the Mackenzie ; and I observed it in considerable 
numbers under the eaves of the buildings at Fort Pitt, on the north branch of the 
Saskatchawan, in June. While travelling over the prairie in the neighbourhood of Bow 
River, our party came upon an immense granite-boulder, about 25 feet high, standing 
alone on the plain. This had been taken advantage of by the Cliff-Swallow, the mud- 
formed nests of which were clustered together in a mass. The steep cliffy banks of some 

parts of the Saskatchawan River are also used by this bird for nesting-places." To the 
northward, in Alaska, Mr. Dall found the Cliff-Swallow, and he observes : — " This is the 
most common species at Nulato, where the eaves of the fort, inside and out, are lined 
with their clay-domes. It is also found at Port Yukon, and the Redoubt, St. Michael's. 
The Indians say that before the forts were built this bird made its nest on the face of 
some sandstone cliff under some projecting fragment. H. horreorum frequently builds 
on the Indian caches, but I have never known this species to do so." 

Mr. E. W. Nelson writes: — "The lack of proper surroundings on the coast of 
Alaska and the Arctic Ocean appears to limit the range of this bird to the interior, and 
although I kept a continual look-out for it during my residence in the north, I did not 
see a single individual. At Nulato, Dall records its arrival from May 10th to 16th, and 
from these dates up to the 21th. At the same place he found it nesting commonly 
about the trading stations, and was told by the natives that it nested on the faces of the 
sandstone cliffs along the Yukon, before the advent of the white man placed at its 
disposal the convenient shelter of the trading posts. The birds were quick to take 
advantage of the hospitality offered them, and to change from their primitive nesting- 
sites to civilized domiciles. 

"It is also found breeding at Tort Yukon. Mr. Dall records the presence of this 
bird at St. Michael's, but not one was seen during the four years passed by me at that 
place, and the evidence seems to point to a mistaken identification, whereby the common 
Barn-Swallow (which is very common there) was mistaken for the present bird. These 
Swallows are recorded from Point Lake, latitude Go , in British North America, and in 
Alaska they are known to extend north of the Arctic Circle. Its extension north to the 
Arctic Ocean is doubtful — at least in our territory — owing to the low and unsuitable 
nature of the country, in addition to the harsh and repelling climate. There is a single 
specimen in the National Museum Collection, obtained by Kennicott at Port Resolution, 
June 23, and this and the points previously given constitute the northernmost limits of 
its range. There is no evidence of its presence in the south-eastern part of the 

Mr. Agersborg states that it is common iu South-eastern Dakota, and breeds ; and 
the following note is given by Dr. Coues in his paper on the Birds of Dakota and 
Montana : — 

" This is the most abundant, generally distributed, and characteristic species of tin; 
family throughout the region under consideration. The various streams that cut their 
devious ways through the prairie afford an endless succession of steep banks exactly 
suited to its wants during the nesting-season, and at various places great clusters of the 
curious bottle-nosed mud-nests were found, while the flocks of Swallows which often 
hung about our camps were mainly composed of this species. At some points, the Bank- 
Swallows were breeding with them; the same banks being peppered with their little 
round holes, generally in the soft soil just below the surface, while the projecting nests 
of the Cliff- Swallows studded the harder or rocky exposures below. At Tort Pembina 


the Cliff-Swallows were so numerous as to become a nuisance ; their incessant twittering 
was considered a bore, while the litter they brought and their droppings resulted in a 
sad breach of military decorum. Nevertheless, it was found almost impossible to 
dislodge them, and one could not but admire the courage and perseverance which they 
displayed in reconstructing or repairing their nests, though these were repeatedly 
destroyed. In examining scores of nests, I was rather surprised to find how small a 
proportion was finished into the complete retort-shape, even among those which had 
not been disturbed. Some were little more than cups, like those of the Barn-Swallow, 
partially arched over, and many were simply conical, while in other details they varied 
greatly according to the position in which they happened to be fixed, or their relations 
to each other. The laying-season in this latitude is at its height during the second and 
third weeks in June. Probably only one brood is reared each season. Young birds are 
on the wing by the middle or latter part of July." 

Messrs. Roberts and Benner state that they found the Cliff-Swallow common in 
Minnesota, and Mr. Evermann says that in Indiana it is an abundant summer resident. 

To the eastward it is recorded by Mr. Dwight in his paper on the summer birds of 
Cape Breton Island. He writes : — " At Whycocomagh, 20 miles south-west of Baddeck, 
I saw the first flock of Swallows (mostly Bank and Cliff Swallows) ostentatiously ready 
to migrate. The latter species was still breeding on barns in two localities I visited, 
but not abundantly. There were not many nests, all told." 

Mr. Batchelder states that in New Brunswick he found the species common at 
Grand Falls on the Upper St. John, and it was also abundant at Fort Fairfield. 

" These Swallows," writes Mr. Stearns, " enter and leave New England about the 
same time that the Barn-Swallows do, and are anions- our common summer birds. Thev 
are more numerous and more equally dispersed in settled districts than formerly ; but I 
think that a good deal that has been written of their supposed irruption from the West is 
to be taken with salt. Some records have been laboriously collected to show the dates 
of appearance of these birds in particular localities ; such writing has its own interest as 
a matter of fact, but not as sustaining ' eastward-ho ! ' theory. The ' Cliff' Swallows, as 
their name implies, and as every one knows, naturally fix their queer bottle-nosed nests 
to the perpendicular faces of rocks and hard embankments ; and have latterly acquired 
the name of ' Eave ' Swallows, from the circumstance that they have readily availed 
themselves of the eligible nesting-sites afforded by the walls of houses under shelter of 
the caves. Therefore, the settlement of the country affords unlimited breeding resources 
where formerly there were none ; and these Swallows have consequently become common 
in New England. They were actually known in this part of the country before their 
discovery by Say in the West ; but natural breeding-places, such as these birds require, 
are not to be found everywhere in the Eastern States." 

In the State of New York it has been recorded as breeding in the Adirondack 
Mountains by Dr. Hart Merriam, and a large series of old and young birds procured by 
Dr. A. K. Fisher near Sing Sing are in the Henshaw collection. Dr. Merriam also 


obtained young birds in August near Locust Grove. Mr. Brewster says that the species 
is common, and breeds near Winchendon in Massachusetts ; and Mr. Faxon states that 
it is common in Berkshire County of the same State. " According to Dr. Emmons, this 
bird first appeared in Williamstown in 1S25 " (Amer. Journ. Sci. & Arts, xxvi. p. 208). 
Messrs. Faxon and Allen have also recorded it as common in New Haven. 

The Henshaw collection contains some specimens from the neighbourhood of 
Washington, procured in May and August, but Mr. Richmond considers the species to 
be one of the rarer birds breeding in the District of Columbia. 

Mr. Warren gives the following account in his ' Birds of Pennsylvania ' : — 

" Common summer resident ; generally distributed throughout the State. Breeds 
mostly in colonies of from twenty to forty individuals ; sometimes, however, as many as 
fifty or seventy-five nests are found together. Although I have known these birds to 
breed, for three consecutive seasons, under the eaves of long sheds in a cow-yard, I am 
inclined to think that they usually breed but one season in the same place. The Cliff- 
Swallow arrives here about the last week in April, and disappears early in September. 
This bird when flying can easily be distinguished from other Swallows by its almost even 
tail-feathers and the conspicuous rusty-coloured rump. During migration this species is 
found in greatest numbers in the vicinity of rivers, ponds, and lakes." 

Mr. Hives, in his account of the birds noticed by him at Salt Pond Mountain in 
Virginia, states that he found a small colony of Cliff-Swallows which had attached their 
nests to the shed of a stable at Blacksburg. Mr. Pox, writing about the birds of B,oane 
County, Tennessee, says that the Cliff-Swallow was only once seen by him, on the 23rd 
of April, 1884, and was not observed at all by him in 1885. 

In his paper on the birds observed at Bayou Sara, in Louisiana, Mr. Beckham 
states that he observed the Cliff-Swallow only once, on the 23rd of April. 

Dr. Merrill writes of the species in Texas : — " Very common in Southern Texas 
from early in April until the latter part of August. It is one of the most abundant of 
the summer visitors, and is the only Swallow that breeds here." Mr. Dresser's note is 
as follows : — " Common at San Antonio and Matamoras during the summer. At Eagle 
Pass I noticed a couple on the 7th March, and on the 10th they were very numerous. 
In July, on the way from Nuevo Laredo to Matamoras, when seeking after water, I 
saw a long cliff overhanging a ravine, which was literally covered with the nests of these 

In his paper on the birds of Southern Texas, Mr. Beckham writes : — 

" I did not see this bird at San Antonio, but, according to Dresser, it is common 
there during the summer. Brown records it as a common summer resident at Boerne, 
arriving there on March 20th." Mr. Nehrling states that he noticed it in great numbers 
in South-eastern Texas during September, but it does not breed in this region. Accord- 
ing to Mr. Lloyd, it is a common summer visitant in Western Texas, arriving early in 
April. The species sometimes breeds in barns, and Mr. Lloyd believes that two broods 
are raised, as he found his first nest under a bluff on May 1th, with three eggs, while 


another, taken on the 20th of July, had four fresh eggs. Mr. N. C. Brown, in his 
' Reconnaissance in South-western Texas,' says that he found the present species to he 
a common summer resident there, arriving ahout the 20th of March. 

Mr. G. B. Sennett has given the following interesting account of the species in his 
paper on the hirds of the Bio Graude : — 

" None were seen lower down the river than Hidalgo, much to our wonder, for the 
conditions seem quite as favourahle for them at Brownsville or Matamoras as at points 
ahove. In the absence of cliffs in the vicinity of Hidalgo, they adapt themselves to the 
eaves of the buildings in the town. Through the kindness of Sheriff Leo, we occupied 
the court-house, and these Swallows were incessantly working and chattering about us 
from daylight to dark, and even in the night we could hear them in their nests. We 
had ample opportunity to observe their habits. They are gregarious in all their occu- 
pations. In collecting mud for their houses, the choice spots of their selection on the 
margin of the river Avere so thickly covered with them that often more than a hundred 
huddled on and over a space of two feet in diameter. The curious bottle-shaped nests 
were 1 crowded so closely together that little could be seen of them but their mouths. 
We endeavoured to ohtain a sample of the nests entire, but there was so much quick- 
sand in the mud of which they were made that we found it impracticable to do so. 
None of the nests were lined. In some we found stones and hits of broken crockery, 
which had been thrown in by the boys hefore the nests were completed ; and yet the 
birds had laid their eggs among this rubbish. In making the nest, the first choice is a 
comer formed by wall, eaves, and rafter, very little labour, therefore, being necessary to 
make the remaining side. This side of the nest is made spherical, with the mouth and 
the neck standing out some two inches from it. The next ones lap on to it, others lap on 
to them, and so on. As soon as a shelf is formed large enough to hold the bird, it stands 
on it and works from within. The pair work in turn. To gather the eggs it is necessary 
to demolish a part of the nest, unless, as we sometimes found, eggs were laid before the 
nest was finished. In the completed nests, the clutch varied from four to seven ; but in 
one extra large nest, which from its size and shape looked as if two birds occupied it in 
common, we took ten eggs. Prom the window of our sleeping-room we could watch 
the birds at their work without disturbing them, although but four feet distant from 
some of them. When we took the eggs, on May 7th, some were nearly ready to hatch, 
but most of them were fresh, and many birds were just beginning their nests. 

" The ground-colour of the eggs is a dull white. The markings are brown and very 
variable. Some are speckled, others blotched ; some regularly over the whole egg, and 
others with far the greater number of spots on the larger end. The longest egg was 
0'90, the shortest 0'70; the broadest - 60, and the narrowest 053. The average of fifty 
e<rgs is 0-80 by 0-56." 

Turning once more northward, we find that Mr. Scott records this Swallow as 
common in Western Missouri, arriving about the 10th of April and breeding. The 
same gentleman says that in Arizona he observed the species in numbers at Riverside in 


April, and Mr. Brewster states that be found the birds breeding abundantly at Yuma, 
along a bluff above the town. Dr. Elliott Coues also says, in his paper on birds observed 
from Arizona to the Pacific, that immense numbers made their nests on the precipitous 
and rocky sides of the rivers. 

The vertical range of the species in Colorado is given as follows by Mr. Drew : — 
" Spring 6000 feet ; summer 11,000 feet ; autumn 9500 feet. Breeds from the plains 
up to 10,000 feet," 

Mr. Scott savsthat at Twin Lakes he found it very abundant, On the 20th of June 
the birds began to build under the eaves of a barn. Many breed on the faces of the 
cliffs of the Arkansas River. Messrs. Allen and Brewster, in their paper on Colorado 
birds, state that it was first observed about the 18th of May, but doubtless arrived 
somewhat earlier. 

Mr. Henshaw gives the following account: — " Observed in Snake Valley, Nevada, 
and in many localities in Middle and Southern Utah, living in colonies, and building 
their nests at times in inaccessible spots, in lofty cliffs, and again in places at a few feet 
above the plain. A widespread species, both in Arizona and New Mexico, as their mud- 
nests, attached to the cliffs everywhere, attest. 

" Seen near Fort Garland, Colorado, in large numbers, building under the eaves of 
the post quarters. I noticed here a very curious departure from the usual method of 
constructing the nest. Under the projecting eaves of one of the store-houses, a large 
colony had established themselves, there being in the neighbourhood fifty nests, most of 
which were built in the usual fashion. But a few pairs, taking advantage of circum- 
stances, had established themselves in certain small passages which opened directly 
under the eaves, and had served as ventilators. The mouth of each one of these had 
been built up with mud, a small hole being left as an entrance. Some twelve inches 
beyond was the proper nest, consisting of a small pile of straws and feathers, on which 
the eggs were deposited. The wisdom of the birds in thus availing themselves of these 
holes was very clearly demonstrated, since nearly the entire labour of nest-making was 
obviated and a much safer domicile secured." 

" This species," writes Mr. Hoffman in his paper on the Birds of Nevada, " is 
usually abundant in the vicinity of rivers, streams, and even large springs in fertile 
valleys, as at one locality near the divide between Deep Spring and Smoky Valleys. In 
many places against the face of the limestone cliffs the nests of these birds were built, 
and apparently heaped upon one another in the greatest confusion. Immediately 
beneath the ledges, which were vertically about SO feet high, and extended horizontally 
for about 100 yards, there was continuation of the pihon woods visible in every direction, 
except about an eighth of a mile below, where the timber ended and the grassy valley 
stretched away towards the east. The springs and a small rivulet rising in the hills on 
the south were fringed with an abundance of willows and small cotton woods, where we 
first noticed these birds during the afternoon of our going into camp. The next day, 
however, we found their habitations, and even saw the birds flying in all directions over 



the hills above the cliff in pursuit of iusects, as various localities, though presenting an 
absence of timber, were amply covered with various flowering plants, upon and about 
which there appeared sufficient numbers of lepidoptera and orthoptera, furnishing, 
perhaps, the principal food of these birds in this portion of the State." 

Dr. Cooper writes: — 

" An abundant species throughout California, and as far north as Columbia River 
on the coast. I saw the first of them at San Diego on March 15th, 1862, and at San 
Francisco they arrive about March 25th, being a week earlier than the Barn-Swallow, 
and also remaining later in autumn. I have seen them as late as October 5th, and they 
probably remain longer towards the south. They live almost everywhere during 
summer, except on the high and wooded mountains, building on the cliffs of the sea- 
coast, where the cold wind blows, as well as in the hottest valleys, under eaves of houses, 
and sometimes on the sides of large branches or trunks of trees. Their bottle-shaped 
nests of mud, lined with straw, are conspicuous objects wherever they are allowed to 
build them, some even being visible in the noisy city of San Francisco, which only this 
species visits, sweeping through the crowded streets with entire fearlessness. The eggs 
are usually four, white, spotted with dusky brown, and they hatch two broods in the 
season in most parts of the State. When about the nest, they make a creaking noise 
very different from the twitter of the Barn-Swallow. In June I saw a flock of these 
birds busily catching young grasshoppers on the dry hill-side, where these insects w r ere 
swarming. As I have never heard of other Swallows eating grasshoppers, I suppose that 
this species is specially adapted for such food, other insects being very scarce during the 
dry season, and in the dry regions it inhabits so frequently, where other species of 
Swallows are unknown. This Swallow leaves Santa Cruz about September 1st, but pro- 
bably only goes to the large rivers and lakes of the interior. To determine the question 
as to bed-bugs being brought to houses by these Swallows, I allowed about twelve pairs 
to raise broods under the eaves of the house I lived in at Santa Cruz in I860. They 
built between April 12th and 20th, and the young were fledged July 1st ; some also had 
laid new broods of two and three eggs by the 5th. On tearing down the nests I found 
bugs (Cime.v) in every one, whatever part of the roof it occupied, showing that they were 
brought by the birds, none having been observed in the house. But these bugs were 
evidently a distinct species from the Cimex lectularius, being different in form, narrower, 
and pale yellowish, instead of the characteristic colour from which the name ' Puce ' is 
derived, through the French name of this insect. Moreover, although many crawled 
into the cracks of the weather-boards, and could easily have entered the low bedroom 
windows, none were seen afterwards. So I think we may relieve the Swallows of the 
charge of bringing in these pests, and encourage their building in suitable places, on 
account of the immense numbers of insects they destroy. As usual, their parasites are 
peculiar to them, and may be called Cimex lunifrontis." 

According to Mr. C. II. Townsend, the species is " common in Northern California 
in certain localities. A moderate number of Cliff-Swallows inhabited some buildings at 


the west base of Mount Shasta in midsummer, and they were abundant in the cultivated 
region about Susanville, Lassen County. They were very rarely seen in the Sacramento 
Valley, and were never found breeding' in cliffs or other natural situations." 

Mr. Evermann, in his paper on the birds of Ventura County, California, writes : — 

" An abundant summer resident. In 1881, a colony of more than a hundred pairs 
nested in a shed in Santa Paula. The nests were fastened to the rafters, much after the 
manner of the Barn-Swallow. Many horse-hairs were plastered into the nests, and these 
often caused the death of the builders. I took from this shed some six or eight dead 
birds Avhich I found hanging about the nests, they having got entangled in the hairs." 

Mr. Belding's Californian notes are as follows : — 

" A few of these birds were occasionally seen at Big Trees in July. It was rare at 
Murphy's about September 1st, and I did not find it at Stockton on or after September 
6th. It is abundant at both the latter places during the breeding-season. At Stockton 
it builds under the eaves of buildings ; at Murphy's, in the limestone boulders exposed 
by mining. It arrived at Murphy's on March 15th, 1877 ; at Stockton on March 17th, 
1878; and at North-American Hotel on March 12th, 1878." The same gentleman 
observes that he saw the first individual of this species at San Jose del Cabo, in Lower 
California, on the 29th of April. 

Dr. Merrill writes that the bird was common at Port Klamath in Oregon, nesting 
abundantly in the buildings about the Fort ; and Mr. Anthony, in his paper on the birds 
of Washington County, Oregon, observes : — " Abundant summer resident. A colony of 
about two hundred built at Beaverton this spring, for the first time in the memory of 
its inhabitants." 

The late Mr. J. K. Lord's collections from British Columbia contained several speci- 
mens of the Cliff- Swallow, but up to the present time the species has not been recorded 
from Vancouver Island, although, as Dr. Robert Brown says, it ought to occur there. 

Of the range of this Tetrochelidon in Central America we are still without know- 
ledge on many points. Colonel Grayson found the species " breeding in the banks of 
the Mazatlan River in May." We would remark, however, that the breeding of this 
Swallow in banks of rivers is nowhere else recorded. Either it has been a misprint for 
' on ' the banks, or the note refers to Stelgklopteryx and has got misplaced. He says 
that it was apparently only a summer visitant, and he did not observe it during the 
winter months. As Messrs. Salvin and Godman remark: — "Mazatlan, therefore, may 
be considered the extreme southern limit of its breeding-quarters." Since the above- 
named gentlemen wrote in their ' Biologia Centrali-Americana,' the species has been 
obtained by Mr. Eerrari-Perez at Acatlan, in the State of Puebla; by Mr. W. Lloyd at 
Santana, near Guadalajara; and by Trujillo, one of Mr. Godman's collectors, at 
Juachengo, in Oaxaca, in April. 

Mr. Gaunter procured a single specimen in the island of Cozumel, and Mr. C. H. 
Townsend obtained one at Truxilio, in Honduras, on the 21st of September. Mr. Ridg- 
way records the species from Costa Rica, an adult male having been obtained at San Jose 



on the 3rd of September by Seiior Alfaro, the Director of the Museum at that place. A 
second Costa-Rican specimen is stated by Mr. Ridgway to be in the U.S. National 

Professor Baird has recorded the capture of a specimen by Capt. Dow off the west 
coast of Central America; and Mr. G. N. Lawrence identified one of McLeaunaa's speci- 
mens from Panama as belonging to the present species. 

This completes the known Central-American record, and we hear nothing of 
T. pyrrhonota till we get to Brazil. Here Natterer observed it between September and 
March, his localities being as follows : — Ytai-are, February and March ; Parnapitanga, 
December ; Irisanga, December ; Engenho do Cap. Gama, September. Its occurrence 
in Paraguay is recorded by Azara ; and Mr. Durnford's notes on the species near Buenos 
Ayres are as follows : — 

"The only occasion on which I have seen this bird w T as on the 25th of March of the 
present year, when I observed about half a dozen at different times during the day, all 
flying steadily in a north-easterly direction. This was about thirty miles to the west of 
Buenos Ayres. Prom their manner of flight, always keeping in the same general course, 
though occasionally turning aside to chase some insect, I have no doubt they were 
migrating : they kept about ten feet from the ground. At a distance they are not easy 
to distinguish from Hirundo leucorrhoa ; but on a nearer approach their greater size and 
chocolate throat, but more especially their reddish-brown rumps, are clearly discernible. 
The museum possesses one specimen, killed in this neighbourhood." Writing again in 
1878, he says : — " This Swallow was observed on its migration on the -1th March, 1877, 
at Moreno, and on the 15th April, 1877, at Lujan bridge. On both occasions they were 
flying steadily N.N.E., and in considerable numbers. I shot some on each occasion, to 
be sure of the identification." 

Mr. Gibson even says that the species breeds in its winter-quarters, for in his paper 
on the birds of Paysandu in Uruguay he gives a note : — " Found a nest in the wall of 
outbuildings 18th November, containing young and an addled egg." 

This statement requires confirmation, as will be seen by Mr. Hudson's note in the 
4 Argentine Ornithology 'written by Dr. Sclater and himself, where the habitat of the 
species is given as " South" America, surely a misprint for "North" America. 

Mr. Hudson observes : — " This species does not breed in Buenos Ayres, and is only 
seen there in spring, flying south or south-west, and again in much larger numbers on 
its return journey in autumn. On the Bio Negro, in Patagonia, I did not meet with it, 
and suppose that its summer resort must be south of that locality ; and, judging from 
the immense numbers visible in some seasons, I should think that they must, in their 
breeding-place in Patagonia, occupy a very extensive area. They do not seem to be as 
regular in their movements as other Swallows here ; some years I have observed them 
passing singly or in small parties during the entire hot season : usually they begin to 
appear, flying north, in February; but in some years not until after the middle of 
March. They are not seen passing with a rapid flight in close flocks, but straggle about, 


hawking after flies; first one bird passing, then two or three, and a minute or two later 
half a dozen, and so on for the greater part of the day. So long as the weather continues 
warm they journey in this leisurely manner ; but I have known them to continue passing 
till April, after all the summer migrants had left us, and these late birds flew by with 
great speed in small close flocks, directly north, as if their flight had been guided by the 
magnetic needle. While flying, this species continually utters sharp twitterings and 
grinding and squealing notes of various lengths." 

Whether misled by Dr. Sclater's statement as to the habitat of the species, or not, 
it is well to observe Mr. Hudson's belief in the breeding of the species in Patagonia. 
He apparently does not seem to know of its nesting in North America. Our own belief 
is that it only visits South America as a winter home, and we should require some very 
definite evidence to make us credit that it breeds there. 

We quote herewith the admirable account of the nesting of the present species, 
written by Dr. Elliott Coues, in the ' Birds of the Colorado Valley' : — 

" It may be rcniem bered in this connection that a happy conjunction of circum- 
stances is required to satisfy these birds. Not only are cliffs or their substitutes necessary, 
but these must be situated where clayey mud, possessing some degree of adhesiveness 
and plasticity, can be procured. This conjunction is met at large in the west, along 
unnumbered streams, where the birds most do congregate ; and their very general 
dispersion in the West, as compared with their rather sporadic distribution in the East, 
is thus readily explained. The great veins of the West — the Missouri, the Columbia, 
the Colorado, and most of their venous tributaries, returning the humours from the 
clouds to their home in the sea — are supplied in profusion with animated congregations 
of the Swallows, often vastly more extensive than those gatherings of the feathered Sons 
of Temperance beneath our eaves, where the sign of the order — a bottle, neck downward 
— is set for our edification. 

"All are familiar, doubtless, with the architecture of these masons ; if any be not, 
the books will remove their iguorance. Bat there are many interesting details, perhaps 
insufficiently elucidated in our standard treatises. It is generally understood that the 
most perfect nest, that is, a nest fully fiuished and furnished with a neck, resembling a 
decanter tilted over, — that such a ' bottle-nosed' or ' retort-shaped' nest is the". typical 
one, indicating the primitive fashion of building. But I am by no means satisfied of 
this. Remembering that the Swallows are all natural hole-breeders, we may infer that 
their early order of architecture was a wall, rampart, or breastwork, which defended and, 
perhaps, enlarged a natural cavity on the face of a cliff. Traces of such work are still 
evident enough in those frequent instances in which they take a hole in the wall, such 
as one left by a missing brick, and cover it in, either with a regular domed vestibule, or 
a mere cup-like rim of mud. It was probably not until tney had served a long appren- 
ticeship that they acquired the sufficient skill to stick a nest against a perfectly smooth, 
vertical support. Some kind of domed nest was still requisite, to carry out the idea of 
hole-breeding, a trait so thoroughly ingrained in Hirundine nature, and implying perfect 


covering for the eggs ; aud the indication is fully met in one of the very commonest 
forms of nest, namely a hemispherical affair, quite a ' breastwork ' iu fact, with a hole at 
the most protuberant part, or just below it. The running on of a neck to the nest, as 
seen in those nests we consider the most elaborate, seems to merely represent a sur- 
plusage of building energy, like that which induces a House- Wren, for example, to 
accumulate a preposterous quantity of trash in its cubby-holes. Such architecture 
reminds me of the Irishman's notion of how cannon are made — by taking a hole and 
pouring the melted metal around it. It is the rule, when the nest is built in any exposed 
situation. But since the Swallows have taken to building under eaves, or other pro- 
jections affording a degree of shelter, the bottle-necked, even the simply globular nests 
seem to be going out of fashion ; and thousands of nests are now built as open as those 
of the Barn-Swallow, being simply half cups attached to the wall, and in fact chiefly 
distinguished from those of Barn-Swallows by containing little or no hay. I suppose 
this to be a piece of atavism, — a reversion to primitive ways. The Barn- and Eave 
Swallows are our only kinds that do not go into a hole or its equivalent ; and the 
indication of shelter or covering, in all cases indispensable, being secured by the roof 
itself beneath which they nestle, the special roofing of each nest becomes superfluous. 
Hence the open cups these Swallows now construct. 

" Considering how sedulously most birds strive to hide their nests, and screen them- 
selves during incubation, it becomes a matter of curious speculation why these Swallows 
should ever build beneath our eaves, in the most conspicuous manner, and literally fly 
in the face of danger. Richardson comments on this singular and excessive confidence 
in man, too often betrayed, and which cannot, on the whole, be conducive to the best 
interests of their tribe. He speaks of a colony that persisted in nesting just over a 
frequented promenade, where they had actually to graze people's heads in passing to and 
from their nests, and were exposed to the curiosity and depredations of the children ; 
yet they stuck to their first choice, even though there were equally eligible and far safer 
locations just at hand. Sir John wonders what cause could have thus suddenly called 
into action such confidence in the human race, and queries what peculiarity of economy 
leads some birds to put their offspring in the most exposed situation they can find. We 
have all seen the same thing, and noted the pertinacity with which these and other 
Swallows will cling to their caprices, though subjected to every annoyance, and repeatedly 
ejected from the premises by destruction of their nests. I have two notable cases in 
mind. At Fort Pembina, Dakota, a colony insisted on building beneath the low portico 
of the soldiers' barracks, almost within arm's reach. Being noisy and untidy, they were 
voted a nuisance, to be abated ; but it was ' no use ' ; they stuck, and so did their nests. 
In the adjoining British province of Manitoba, at one of their trading-posts I visited, it 
was the same thing over again ; their nests were repeatedly demolished, on account of 
the racket and clatter they made, till the irate lord of the manor found it cheaper in the 
end to let the birds alone, and take his chances of the morning nap. I think such 
obstinacy is due to the birds' reluctance to give up the much-needed shelter which the 


eaves provide against the weather — indeed, this may have something to do with the 
change of hahit in the beginning. The Cliff-Swallow's nest is built entirely of mud, 
which, when sun-baked into ' adobe,' is secure enough in dry weather, but liable to be 
loosened or washed away during a storm. In fact, this accident is of continual occur- 
rence, just as it is in the case of the Chimney -Swifts. The birds' instinct — whatever 
that may mean : I despise the word as a label of our ignorance and conceit; say rather, 
their reason — teaches them to come in out of the rain. This mav also have something to 
do with the clustering of the nests, commonly observed when the birds build on the face of 
cliffs ; for obviously such a mass w r ould withstand the weather better than a single edihce. 

" It is pleasant to watch the establishment and progress of a colony of these birds. 
Suddenly they appeal', quite animated and enthusiastic, but undecided as yet, an 
impromptu debating society on the fly, with a good deal of sawing the air to accomplish 
before final resolutions are passed. The plot thickens ; some Swallows are seen clinging 
to the slightest inequalities beneath the eaves, others are couriers to and from the 
nearest mud-puddle, others again alight like feathers by the water's side, and all are in a 
twitter of excitement. Watching closely these curious sous and daughters of Israel at 
their ingenious trade of making bricks, we may chance to see a circle of them gathered 
around the margin of the pool, insecurely balanced on their tiny feet, tilting their tails 
and ducking their heads to pick up little gobs of mud. These are rolled round in their 
mouths till tempered, and made like a quid into globular form, with a curious working 
of their jaws ; then off go the birds, and stick the pellet against the wall, as carefully as 
ever a sailor, about to spin a yarn, deposited his chew on the mantelpiece. The birds 
work indefatigably ; they are busy as bees, and a steady stream flows back and forth for 
several hours a day, with intervals for rest and refreshment, when the Swallows swarm 
about promiscuously a-fly-catching. In an incredibly short time the basement of the 
nest is laid, and the whole form becomes clearly outlined ; the mud dries quickly, and 
there is a standing-place. This is soon occupied by one of the pair, probably the female, 
who now stays at home to welcome her mate with redoubled cries of joy and ecstatic 
quivering of the wings, as he brings fresh pellets, which the pair, in the closest consultation, 
dispose to their entire satisfaction. In three or four clays, perhaps, the deed is done ; 
the house is built, and nothing remains but to furnish it. The poultry -yard is visited, 
and laid under contribution of feathers ; hay, leaves, rag, paj>er, string — Swallows are not 
very particular — may be added ; and then the female does the rest of the ' furnishing ' 
by her own particular self. Ivot impossibly, just at this period, a man comes with a 
pole, and demolishes the whole affair ; or the enfant terrible of the premises appears, and 
removes the eggs to enrich his sandy tray of like treasures ; or a tom-cat searches for 
his supper. But more probably matters are so propitious that in due season the nest 
decants a full brood of Swallows, and I wish nothing more harmful ever came out of 
the bottle. 

" Seeing how these birds work the mud in their mouths, some have supposed that 
the nests are agglutinated, to some extent at least, by the saliva of the birds. It is far 


from an unreasonable idea — the Chimney-Swift sticks her hits of twigs together, and 
glues the frail cup to the wall with viscid saliva ; and some of the Old World Swifts 
build nests of gummy spittle, which cakes on drying, not unlike gelatine. Undoubtedly 
some saliva is mingled with the natural moisture of the mud ; but the readiness with 
which these Swallows' nests crumble on drying shows that saliva enters slightly into 
their composition, practically not at all, and that this fluid possesses no special viscosity. 
Much more probably, the moisture of the birds' months helps to soften and temper the 
pellets, rather than to agglutinate the dried edifice itself. 

" In various parts of the West, especially along the Missouri and the Colorado, 
where I have never failed to find clustering nests of the Cliff-Swallow, I have occa- 
sionally witnessed some curious associates of these birds. In some of the navigable 
canons of the Colorado I have seen the bulky nests of the Great Blue Heron on flat 
ledges of rock, the faces of which were stuccoed with Swallow-nests. How these 
frolicsome creatures must have swarmed around the sedate and imperturbable Herodias, 
when she folded up her legs and closed her eyes, and went off into the dreamland of 
incubation, undisturbed in a very Babel ! Again, I have found a colony of Swallows in 
what would seem to be a very dangerous neighbourhood, all about the nest of a Falcon, 
no other than the valiant and merciless Falco polya'grus, on the very minarets and 
buttresses of whose awe-inspiring castle, on the scowling face of a precipice, a colony of 
Swallows was established in apparent security. The big birds seemed to be very com- 
fortable ogres, with whom the multitude of hop-o'-my-thumbs had evidently some sort 
of understanding, perhaps like that which the Purple Crackles may be sivpposed to have 
with the Pish Hawks when they set up housekeeping in the cellar of King Pandion's 
palace. If it had only been a Pish Hawk in this case instead of Falco polyagrus, we 
could understand such amicable relations better, for Cliff- Swallows are cousins of Purple 
Martins, and, if half we hear be true, Progne was Pandion's daughter." 

The following account of the habits of the species appeared in the ' Field ' for 1889, 
from the pen of Mr. Ernest Iugersoll : — 

" In its primitive method of nesting we now see it only in the far west, where, 
throughout all the mountain-ranges, and elsewhere in suitable localities, hundreds of 
colonies are found associated in a happy and j>rosperous home-life. I have seen their 
compact villages clinging to the steep faces of rock by which the mountains are walled 
in, from one end to the other of Colorado and AVyoming ; have been within reach of 
their nests among the crumbling earth-bluffs along the eastern base of the Snowy P^ange, 
and in the interior parks ; have enjoyed their chatter and graceful entanglement of 
flight as they were roused from their extensive colonies among the towering headlands 
of the Upper Missouri — the scene and the birds simulating in miniature the beetling 
crao's and hosts of seafowl that front the coast of Labrador or the Hebrides. No altitude 
below timber-line seems too great for them — no region too bleak or desolate. Here, a 
mere little ledge of tough gravel, where a bit of a brook has made a cut-bank, will 
be the home of a dozen pairs ; there some lofty vertical wall becomes completely covered 


with their cloisters. Nothing suits thern better than the perpendicular columns and 
faces of basalt so common in the northern Rockies, against whose black and shining 
surfaces their villages and the bright inhabitants make a busy and beautiful picture. 
The eastern half of the country being covered with dense forests, and exposing few- 
places naturally fitted for a Cliff-Swallow's residence, it appears not to have been gener- 
ally inhabited by this species previous to the advent of Europeans, and the subsequent 
preparation of the way for the Swallows by the clearing of the forests and the erection 
of buildings. At the same time some points widely remote were doubtless occupied by 
them every summer — for instance, the lofty and cavernous cliffs on the north-eastern 
shore of Maine and about the Bay of Eundy, and the limestone precipices at Anticosti. 
It is only knoton, nevertheless, that they bred in early times among the bluffs on Lake 
Champlain, and that they went each summer to Hudson's Bay. The fact, however, that 
these Swallows were reported as breeding at these two points among the very earliest of 
Eastern records, and within a very few years of their discovery by Say in the Rocky 
Mountains, supports the idea that they had always lived there, but only showed them- 
selves commonly when settlements brought them into vieAv. It was not until 1S42 that 
the species appeared in the neighbourhood of New York city. 

" In their wild state, as I have mentioned, these Swallows build their nests against 
cliffs in companies, constructing them of mud, which is often gathered from a consider- 
able distance by the industrious birds, all going to the same spot for supplies. "While 
still wet, it is moulded in the bill into pellets as large as peas, which one by one are 
plastered into a firmly compacted wall, that is made to assume a shape so symmetrical 
as to cause us to wonder at the skill of the tiny architect. Normally, this form is that 
of a chemist's flask or retort— a bulb adhering by its base to the cliff, and terminating 
outwardly in a contracted horizontal neck, Avhich serves as entrance to the nest, and 
ordinarily slopes slightly downward, shedding the rain — a disastrous contingency further 
guarded against in most cases by the choice of a cliff which overhangs at the top. 

" But many circumstances arise to varv the exact design of these mud retorts. In 
the first place, the character of the foundation must be regarded, an earthen bank not 
being able to support so long a neck as a roughly rocky wall, to which mud will cling 
tenaciously. Then, so very social are the birds that they crowd their homes together 
until every inch of the surface of the cliff for many feet, and often for many yards, square 
is entirely hidden ; and the structures are so compact that, like the cells in a honeycomb, 
a single wall answers for two adjoining nests, and little more remains visible of each 
than the round mouth, which is likely to be misshapen, to adapt it to the irregular room 

" Like other birds, the young Swallows return year after year to the old homestead. 
But, instead of building on an adjoining section of the cliff, they will found their new 
nests on the remains of the old, late comers in many cases even building upon and 
closing over the finished homes and fresh-laid eggs of their precursors. Finally, this 
accumulation of hundreds of nests becomes too heavy for the foundations to uphold, 



when the whole mass, perhaps twenty feet wide and four feet deep, will break off and be 
dashed to pieces at the foot of the crag. Such a catastrophe is a frequent result of the 
passion the birds have for huddling their homes together ; and there is a possible moral 
in it, looking towards a necessary check upon the enormous increase of a species other- 
wise almost wholly safe from enemies or accident. 

" How each Swallow knows which of all those round holes, looking (to our eyes) so 
exactly alike, is his own, is a marvel; yet no greater one, perhaps, than the wonderment 
of the country boy at the readiness with which his city friend finds his own door among 
the long blocks of uniform brown stone or marble fronts covering Murray Hill and the 
region about Central Park. The Swallows seem to dwell at peace in their city, and 
to be neighbourly, for it often happens that other species of Swallows will nestle close 
by ; and in Dakota Dr. Coues saw them living in close proximity to Buzzards and 
Ealcons, yet apparently on good terms with their powerful neighbours. Dr. Cooper 
mentions, however, that in Montana the blue birds often 'jumped' Swallows' nests 
and held possession successfully. The most remarkable instance of fraternity is related 
by Mr. J. A. Allen, who saw them at Topeka, Kansas (where also they nested about 
dwellings), ' frequenting the holes in the hanks of the Kaw River made by the Sand- 
Martin, keeping in the company of those birds, entering their holes, and presenting the 
same appearance of breeding in them as the Sand-Martins themselves.' Afterwards 
Mr. Allen discovered them occupying niches of rock in Dakota. 

" So much for the manners of the Cliff or Republican Swallows, in their uncivilised 
life. When white men invaded their wilderness, erecting houses and barns, these birds 
were quick to perceive their availability, and the more knowing ones instantly abandoned 
the always insecure rocks for the greater stability and protection of eaves and rafters ; 
for which, indeed, they already had a sort of precedent in the practice of some Californian 
colonies, which occupied now and then the trunks and branches of large trees (vide 
Cooper) as building sites. This adoption of the new custom happened at once in all 
parts of the country. There was no hesitation or experiment or doubt about the matter 
at all. The first squatter was welcomed as an old friend by the Swallows, who instantly 
made themselves at home on his premises ; the most venturesome pioneer in the Indian 
country, and the remotest fur-trader among the lakes of British America, were each 
cheered by the companionship of these affectionate feathered settlers. 

" The facility with which the Himndinidae adapt themselves to new circumstances 
is proverbial. Changes in the architecture might therefore have been looked for here, 
and are really to be found, all tending toward greater convenience and disjiensing with 
useless labour. In building and repairing their nests they work with great diligence and 
marvellous celerity. ' Where they exist in a large colony,' to quote the late Dr. Brewer, 
'it is not an uncommon thing to see several birds at work upon the same nest — one bird, 
apparently the female owner, always assisting and directing the whole.' When a pair 
are at labour, they work in turn, first making a shelf upon which the workman stands 
and builds out the nest from within, making the inside smooth, but leaving the outside 


as rough as cobble- work. If, as frequently happens, eggs are laid before the whole 
structure is completed, the female drops her labour, and the male finishes the dwelling. 
This business is said to occupy them six days ; no doubt the time required varies, 
depending on the w r eather, and is often much less. They show extreme persistence. 
You may pull down their nests many times before they will abandon a chosen site, and 
they love to return to the same spot year after year. 

" That the mud out of which the shells are composed owes its adhesiveness to a 
sticky saliva with which it is mixed, I do not believe to be true to any noteworthy extent. 
Although in their globular shape and position they will resist a winter's storm, if once 
lowered from their fastenings, or cracked, they crumble very easily. Lining, properly 
speaking, there is none ; but the eggs repose on a more or less scanty pallet of straw and 
feathers, with wool, fur, &c, in proportion to the coldness of the climate. 

" Where the nests are simply plastered on the outside of a barn, underneath the pro- 
jecting eaves, as is common, the aboriginal shape is well preserved, and you cannot 
reach the eggs without breaking away the bottle-neck entrance ; but if the Swallows 
have learned enough to go inside, or wherever they find some snug corner, their labour 
is lessened, and a structure results that owes its shape to its position, and hence may be 
widely abnormal, lacking perhaps the narrow neck, or, if adequately sheltered, the 
whole dome, and assuming simply a hemispherical bowl form, like the lower half of the 
original retort. This is very likely to be almost wdiolly the shape seen in long-settled 

" The Cliff- Swallows appear to be irregular in their laying. Many records show 
that large embryos will be found in some nests of a colony where other birds were just 
completing their houses or had laid the first egg. The Swallow villages are thus 
populous and busy from the first return of their denizens until the September migration, 
when many helpless fledglings and useless eggs are always left behind. Two broods are 
generally safely raised, nevertheless. 

" The ordinary clutch is from four to six eggs. When a larger number occurs, it is 
attributed to the laying of two females in the same nest— a thing very likely to occur 
now and then among birds so communistic in their notions ; but I have no proof of it. 
The colour of the egg is dull wdiite, peppered with infinitesimal points of red, and (on the. 
big end) marked with blotches of dead clay-brown, others of a deep wine colour and 
fainter suffusions of purple. But the patterns are very variable, and often closely 
approach those of their neighbours, the Barn-Swallows (Hirundo liorreorum). 

" In sitting, the female is said to be occasionally relieved by the male. But for the 
most part he busies himself in getting food, and in bravely and vengef ully guarding his 
home, the whole fightiDg strength of the community mustering at his alarm to repel 
some real or fancied enemy with a courage which, if its power equalled its fury, would 
be irresistible." 

Mr. F. II. Knowlton, writing in 1881 from Brandon, Vermont, gives some interesting 
information respecting the habits of the present species : — 

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" Within my collecting-grounds is a locality where numbers of these birds have 
nested for many years. This is a shed, open only on one side, where the birds have 
attached their nests to the sleepers of the loft. In the spring of 1878, they returned 
about the usual time, and soon began repairing old nests or constructing new ones. One 
day while watching them, I noticed one bird remained in her half-finished nest, and did 
not appear to be much engaged. Soon a neighbour, owning a nest a few feet away, 
arrived with a fresh pellet of clay, and adjusting it in a satisfactory manner, flew away 
for more. No sooner was she out of sight than the quiet bird repaired to the neighbour's 
nest, appropriated the fresh clay and moulded it to her own nest ! When the plundered 
bird returned, no notice was taken of the theft, which was repeated as soon as she was 
again out of sight. I saw these movements repeated numerous times, but was called 
away, and when I again returned both nests were completed. 

" In the same place a nest remained undisturbed, and was occupied by probably the 
same pair of birds for several seasons. This spring they returned to the old nest, and all 
appeared prosperous, until one day I noticed a number of Swallows engaged in walling 
up the entrance of this old nest. This, and the outline of a new nest over the old, was 
soon completed. I then broke open the closed nest and found within the dead body of 
a Swallow. This bird had probably died a natural death, and the friends, being unable 
to remove the body, and knowing it would soon become offensive, adopted this method 
of sealing it up." 

The descriptions are taken from the British Museum ' Catalogue ; ' and the figures 
are drawn from specimens sent to us by Dr. A. K. Fisher, of Sing Sing, N. Y. 







Hirundo melanogaster^ Swains. Fhilos. Mag. new series, i. p. 366 (1827) ; Gray, 

Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1845). 
Petrochelidou melanogaster, Cab. Mus. Hem. Th. i. p. 47 (1850). 
Petrochelidon swamsoni, Sclater, P. Z. S. 1858, p. 296, 1859, p. 376 ; id. Cat. Amer. 

B. p. 40 (1862) ; Baird, Keview Amer. B. p. 290 (1865) ; Salvia, Ibis, 1866, 

p. 192 ; Sumichr. Mem. Bost. Soc. N. H. i. p. 547 (1869); Scl. & Salv. Nomenel. 

At. Neotr. p. 14 (1873) ; Lawr. Bull. U. S. Nat. Mus. no. 4, p. 17 (1876) ; Luges, 

La Nat. i. p. 141 (1878) ; Salvia & Godman, Biol. Centr. Amer., Aves, i. p. 227 

(1883) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit, Mus. x. p. 194 (1885). 
Hirundo coronata, Lieht. Preis-Verz. Mex. Vog. p. 2 (1830) ; Cab. J. f. O. 1863, 

p. 58. 
Petrochelidon lunifrons (pt.), Coues, B. Color. Vail. p. 426 (1878). 

P. fronte rufa : uropygio rufo : gutture rufo : mento basali nigro : gutture imo nigro notato : hypo- 
chondriis cinerascenti-brunneis. 

Hab. in America centrali. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy steel-blue, varied on tbe mautle and back with ashy-whitish 
streaks, with which the feathers are edged ; wing-coverts blackish, slightly glossed with steel- 
blue ; bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills also blackish, with scarcely any gloss except on the 
secondaries, the innermost of which have narrow ashy-whitish margins near the end of the outer 
webs ; lower back and rump pale cinnamon-rufous ; upper tail-coverts brown, with narrow blackish 
shaft-streaks, and edged with ashy-whitish ; crown of head glcssy steel-blue, separated from the 
mantle by a narrow 7 collar of deep chestnut, extending from the ear-coverts and followed by a 
less distinct collar of ashy brown like, the sides of the neck ; a broad frontal band of deep 
chestnut; lores velvety black, with reddish-buff bases ; cheeks, sides of face, and ear-coverts deep 
chestnut, as also the throat ; a line along the base of the chin black ; in the centre of the throat 
a patch of blue-black feathers, not very distinct ; sides of neck, breast, and sides of body pale 
ashy brown, with a slight rufous tinge, the flanks with indistinct dusky shaft-lines ; centre of 
body and abdomen white; thighs ashy brown, slightly washed with rufous ; vent pale rufous; 
under tail-coverts ashy brown tinged with rufous ; the feathers subterminally dark brown and 
broadly edged with whitish ; under wing-coverts and axillaries ashy brown washed with rufous, 
especially near the edge of the wing ; quills dull ashy brown below. Total length 5T inches, 
culmen 0'3, wing 445, tail l - 75, tarsus 0' 15. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour, but a trifle smaller. Total length 4-5 inches, wing 4" 1, 
tail 18, tarsus 45. 

In the series in the British Museum there is very little variation in plumage. The measure- 
ments are as follows : — 

Total length. Wing. Tail. Tarsus. 

in. in. in. in. 

a. $ ad. Mexico (coll. Jard.) 4"8 4'05 T8 0-4 

b. <J ad. „ (De Saussure) 51 4 - 15 T75 045 

c. Ad. „ „ 1-9 4-2 1-7 0-45 

d. Ad. „ (Boucard) 4'8 4-0 17 0-4 

e. Ad. „ {Salle) 5-0 '4-1 T8 CC45 

/. ? ad. Oaxaca (Boucard"} 4"5 4-1 1-8 0"45 

g. Juv. Duefias (Salvin) 4 - 7 4'0 T75 0"4 

h. Juv. Costa Rica 4"0 4-15 17 0'45 

The voung bird differs from the adult in being altogether browner, with no purple gloss, and 
scarcely any appearance of dorsal streaks ; the rump has a pale rufous band ; the wings and tail 
are both brown ; crown of head dusky blackish, with a slight blue gloss, the feathers round the 
hind neck clingy brown ; a slight shade of rufous on the forehead and over the eye ; ear-coverts, 
sides of face, cheeks, throat, and chest dusky brown, with a slight wash of rufous on the throat ; 
breast and abdomen white, the flanks and vent washed with pale fulvous brown, the under 
tail-coverts dusky brown, margined with buffy white. Total length 4\2 inches, wing 4'2, 
tarsus 0"45. 

Another young bird in the Salvin-G-odman Collection has the rufous portion of the plumage 
more strongly marked than the one described, and has the brown feathers of the upper surface 
fringed with reddish brown or whity brown at the ends. 

Hab. Central America, from Mexico to Guatemala. 

In 1827 Swain son described specimens of this Cliff-Swallow, which had been obtained 
by Bullock on the Tableland of Mexico and at Real del Monte, by the singularly 
inappropriate name of Hirundo melanogaster, but in his description he does not mention 
the black colour of the belly as a character. Messrs. Salvia and Godman suggest that 
the black spot on the throat may have been intended to be referred to by Swainson, but 
in any case the wrong impression conveyed by the name fully justified Dr. Sclater in 
altering it to the more appropriate one of sioainsoni. The name of coronata, published 
by Lichtenstein in a price-list of Mexican birds in 1880, is unaccompanied by any 
description, and cannot therefore be used. 

Swainson's Cliff-Swallow is nearly allied to the North-American species, P. pyrrho- 
nota, but is easily distinguished by its chestnut forehead. In this latter character it 
resembles P.fuloa, but the last-named bird has no black patcli on the lower throat. 

The range of the species has been well summed up by Messrs. Salvin and Godman, 
whose words we quote from the ' Biologia ' : — " Though P. sioainsoni has been met with 
by many travellers in Mexico, we have nothing recorded of it beyond certain localities 
where it occurs. Prof. Sumichrast says it is peculiar to the plateau of Mexico, and that 
it rarely occurs elsewhere ; still it has been found in the State of Oaxaca, and, even 

by Suiniehrast himself, subsequently near the city of Tebuantepec, which is situated at 
but a slight elevation above the Pacific Ocean. In Guatemala it only twice came under 
our observation — once when we found it flying over the open land near Dueiias, at an 
elevation of nearly 5000 feet above the sea, and again near Godines, above the mountain- 
lake of Atitlau, as high as 7000 feet. On both occasions the birds were flying low, 
hawking for insects after the manner of their kindred." 

The specimen from Costa Rica in the British Museum rests upon the authority of a 
dealer, and the locality requires confirmation. 

The figures in the Plates are taken from Mexican specimens in the Salvin-Godman 
Collection, aDd the descriptions from the series in the British Museum. 

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Hirundo erythrogaster X swainsoni, Salvia, Ibis, 1888, p. 25G. 

The figure of the hybrid Swallow is taken from the Cozuniel specimen in the Salvin- 
Godrnan collection. Mr. Salvin lias given the folloAving account of it : — 

" A single specimen, shot in May 1-885 by Mr. Gaumer on Cozumel Island, we have 
little doubt is a hybrid between Hirundo erythrogaster and Petrochelidon sicainsoni, as it 
curiously combines the characters of both birds. The forehead is the same in both 
species, but the ear-coverts and the collar are steel-blue, as in II. erythrogaster ; the tail 
is also furcate, though to a less extent, and the lateral feathers have the characteristic 
white spots ; the wings, too, are as long as those of H. erythrogaster, and the under 
tail-coverts are tinged with rufous. The characters it has with P. swainsoni are the 
colouring of the under surface, including the black gular patch ; it also has the rump 
rufous grey. Instances of hybrids between if. erythrogaster and P. pyrrhonota have been 
recorded, but this is the first we have met with in which P. swainsoni appears to have 
been one of the parents." 

It will be seen that the colour of the plumage partakes of the characteristics of both 
species, the general features of the Petrochelidon being preserved, while the slightly forked 
tail, and, above all, the white spots on the latter, are the characters of a true Hirundo. 
We have considered that the strain of the Petrochelidon is stronger in this curious hvbrid 
than that of the Hirundo, and have named it accordingly. 

That the American Swallow {Hirundo erythrogastra) does occasionally cross with 
the Cliff-Swallow {Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) is also known, and a full description of a 
hybrid between these two species is given by Mr. Spencer Trotter in the ' Bulletin of 
the Nuttall Ornithological Club ' for 1878. This specimen was procured at Linwood, 
Delaware County, in Pennsylvania, on the 22nd of May, 1878, by Mr. C. D. Wood. 






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ffirtmdo fulva, Vieill. Ois. Arner. Sept. p. 62, pi. 32 (1807); Gray, Cat. Fissir. Brit. 

Mus. p. 24 (1847); Tbien. J. f. O. 1857, p. 149; March, Proc. Philad. Acad. 

1863, p. 295; Bryant, Proc. Bost. Soc. N. H. x. p. 222 (1866). 
Cecropis fulva, Boie, Isis, 1828, p. 315, 1844, p. 173; Less. Compl. Buff. viii. p. 498 

Hirunclo melanog aster (nee Swains.), Denny, P. Z. S. 1847, p. 38. 
Hirimdo pceciloma, Gosse, B. Jamaica, p. 64 (1817); Osburn, P. Z. S. 1865, p. 63; 

Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 71, no. S37 (1S69). 
Herse fulva, pt., Bp. Consp. i. p. 341 (1850). 
Hirunclo coronata, Lembeye, Av. Cuba, p. 45 (1850). 
Petrochelidon fulva, Cab. Mus. Hein. Tb. i. p. 47 (1850) ; Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. 

Philad. Acad. p. 4 (1853) ; Gundl. J. f. O. 1856, p. 3, & 1861, p. 328 ; Sclater, 

P. Z. S. 1861, p. 72; id. Cat. Amer. B. p. 40 (1802); Baird, Review Arner. B. 

p. 291 (1865) ; Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. Av. Neotr. p. 14 (1873) ; Gundl. Orn. Cuba, 

p. 82 (1876) ; A. & E. Newt. Handb. Jamaica, 1881, p. 107 ; Salv. & Godm. Biol. 

Centr.-Amer., Aves, i. p. 228 (1SS3) ; Cory, B. Haiti & S. Domingo, p. 47 (1884) ; 

Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. s. p. 195 (1885) ; Cory, List B. West Indies, 

p. 10 (1886) ; id. Auk, iii. p. 57 (1886). 
Petrochelidon pceciloma, Baird, R-eview Amer. B. p. 292 (1865). 

P. uropygio rufo ; gula rufa ; fascia frontali castanea. ; torque nuchali angusta rufa regioni auriculari 
concolore ; meuto minirne nigro ; macula jugulari nigra nulla; pectore rufo, hypochondriis 

Hub. in provincia. Yueatanica America centralis et in Panama, prrecipue tamen in insulis Antillcnsibus, 
'Cuba/ ' Jamaica/ 'Porto Rico/ et ' San Domingo ' dictis. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy steel-blue, the feathers of the mantle and back edged with 
ashy white, giving a strongly streaked appearance ; wing-coverts and quills blackish, with a slight 
greenish gloss, the inner secondaries edged with ashy whitish at the ends ; lower back and rump 
rich chestnut ; upper tail-coverts brown with a slight greenish gloss and narrowly edged with 
ashy whitish ; tail-feathers blackish brown, slightly glossed with greenish ; crown of head glossy 
steel-blue, separated from the mantle by a narrow collar of pale rufous, followed by a second 
collar of ashy brown like the sides of the neck ; a broad frontal band of deep chestnut ; lores 
velvety black, with pale rufous bases; cheeks, sides of face, and ear-coverts pale ferruginous, 
joining the collar round the nape ; throat and chest, as well as the sides of the body and flanks, 
ferruginous, slightly mixed with ashy brown on the sides of the breast and flanks; vent ferru- 

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ginous; centre of breast and abdomen white; under tail-coverts ashy brown washed with rufous 
darker brown before the tips, which are whitish, all the feathers being broadly edged with the 
latter colour; under wing-coverts and axillaries smoky brown, edged with rufous, more distinct 
near the edge of the wing ; quills dusky brown below, more ashy along the inner web : " bill 
black; feet dark grey; iris dark brown" (Gosse). Total length 4'8 inches, culmen 035, 
wing 4'5, tail T75, tarsus 045. 

There appears to be no difference in the colours of the sexes, and the wing only varies from 
4 - inches to 4T inches in length. 

The young bird is altogether duller in colour than the adult, and is browner on the head, with a whity- 
brown forehead, with some chestnut plumes intermixed. The inner secondaries are edged with 
rufous at the tips, and the chestnut feathers of the lower back and rump have ashy whitish 
margins. The under surface of the body is like that of the adults, but the rufous of the throat 
is rather paler. Wing 4'0 inches. 

Hub. Antilles, Cuba, Jamaica^ Poito Eico, and San Domingo. Yucatan and Panama in Central 

Vieillot met with this species himself in San Domingo about the middle of May, and 
states that Mauge also brought the same bird from Porto Eico, where it was observed 
in spring. Vieillot came to the conclusion that it was only a bird of passage in the 
above-mentioned islands from the fact of his observing it only at the same season for 
two successive years, and be imagined that the species went to the north for breeding, 
as a similar Swallow settled on the ship in which be was travelling about the latitude of 
Halifax, in Nova Scotia. This would be of course P. pyrrhonota, as we know now that 
P.fulva is strictly confined to a more southern habitat. Vieillot describes this Swallow 
as congregating at night and roosting in the bouse in which be was staying. 

Mr. Cory states that the species " does not appear to be very abundant in San 
Domingo ; only a \'ew flocks were seen and but two specimens taken. At Gonaives, on 
the day of our arrival, several flocks were observed flying about the bouses, but the 
next day none were to be seen." 

Mauge, as above recorded by Vieillot, w r as the first naturalist to observe it in Porto 
Rico, and Messrs. Swift and Latimer sent specimens from that island to the Smithsonian 

Professor Baird separated the Jamaican specimens from those of Cuba on account 
of the smaller size and darker chestnut coloration. We have not found these differences 
pronounced in the specimens in the British Museum, and regard the birds from both 
islands as belonging to one and the same species. Mr. Gosse, wdio described the 
Jamaican bird as Hirunclo pceciloma, has given the following account of its habits : — 

" The Cave-Swallow does not appear to be in any degree migratory in Jamaica, 
being abundantly common at all seasons. It delights in the neighbourhood of caverns 
and overhanging rocks, in the hollows of which it builds its ingenious nest. About a 
mile from Bluefields, the sea washes a precipitous rock of no great height, on the summit 

of which is an old fort, with some great guns, which tradition ascribes to the old Spanish 
settlers, hut now dismantled, and within and without overrun with spiny pinguins and 
logwood bushes, and tangled with creepers. I have no doubt that this was the site of 
the Spanish town Oristana, some remains of the houses of which may yet be seen in the 
provision-ground of a negro peasant adjoining. The foot of the cliff is girt with 
irregular masses of honey-combed rock, between which the incoming tide rolls, and frets, 
and boils, in foaming confusion ; and the front is hollowed into caves, some of which 
are long passages with an opening at each end, and others are merely wide-mouthed, but 
shallow hollows. In one of these I counted forty nests of this species of Swallow, each 
consisting of a half-cup, built with little pellets of mud, retaining, in so damp a situa- 
tion, and where the rock itself is covered, a slimy mouldiness — their original humidity. 
Each was thickly lined with silk-cotton. If we imagine a pint basin divided perpendi- 
cularly through the middle, and the one half stuck against a wall, we shall perceive 
the form of these nests ; some, however, were both larger and deeper than this. In 
many instances advantage was taken of a slight hollow in the rock, which increased the 
capacity. In one (it was about the middle of July) I found three eggs ; in some others 
the callow young, and in one two full-fledged birds, which lay quietly in the nest, side 
by side, while their black eyes watched my motions. The parent birds flew about in 
affright, occasionally coming close up to the nests, and hovering as if about to alight, 
but scarcely one ventured in. The eggs measure about yq inch long, and |^ wide ; they 
are white, studded with dots and spots of dull red ; but in many eggs which I have 
examined there is much variation in size, form, and colour. The young birds scarcely 
differed from the adult. 

" In May, my kind friend Mr. Deleon took me into a curious cavern, situated 
on the estate called Amity, some few miles from Savannah le Mar, but inland. Through 
its dark recesses a subterranean river flows, so still and so perfectly transparent, that 
although two or three feet deep, I did not perceive there was a drop of water there, but 
took the atoms floating on its surface to be lodged in invisible spiders' webs, stretched 
across. Numerous Swallows were flying in and out, and the roof was studded with 
nests similar to those above described. 

" Though this little Swallow manifests a decided predilection for cavernous recesses, 
it does not confine itself to situations so recluse. In that part of the ' King's House,' at 
Spanish Town, which is called the Arcade, where clerks are writing, and public business 
is transacted every day, great numbers of these nests are affixed to the beams and joists, 
and the birds are continually flying to and fro. Before the year 1838 they had built 
in the Secretary's office from time immemorial; but it was not in consequence of any 
molestation there, that in the Year of Freedom they chose the viceregal abode. Did 
they then recognise the administrator of England's power as the friend of Jamaica? In 
December, January, and February, the birds, though they fly in and out of the august 
abode without reserve, as if to maintain their right of way, do not make use of the 
nests ; but all the rest of the year, these mud habitations are occupied. In March the 

old birds begin to repair and tenant their former nests ; but the young, having no home 
ready made, are compelled to wait until the May rains have moistened the earth in the 
roads, to afford them mud for their structures. 

" But as soon as these seasonal changes have taken place, these birds may be seen 
congregated on the roads, in groups of fifty together, huddled at the edges of the pools 
formed by the daily rains, and in these places, where the power of the morning sun has 
already evaporated the water, the mud has begun to acquire a stiffness of consistence 
which probably is more suitable for moulding to their nests. As they alight to pick up 
the pellets, their wings are nearly perpendicularly over the back, and they are incessantly 
fluttering about, apparently hindering one another by their crowding. Many may be 
seen engaged, where the pools are a little wider, or where the streams that cross the road 
dilate into a broad surface, in sweeping backward and forward over the water, which at 
every turn they just kiss with their beaks. I know not whether they are drinking, or 
capturing minute surface-insects." 

Mr. March's account of the species in Jamaica is as follows : — " These Swallows are 
found in all the caves in the limestone ranges, generally domiciled with large colonies 
of bats ; formerly they occupied parts of all the public buildings and many dilapidated 
houses about Spanish Town. The Progne has, however, driven them from the Secretary's 
office, and another building now occupied by the Executive Committee ; and lately the 
Palm Swifts have forced them to abandon the House of Assembly ; from other public 
buildings they are also excluded by the vigilance of the keepers, though they often 
attempt a lodgment. They are now congregated in large colonies at the railway stations. 
Small parties or solitary pairs still, however, hover about their old haunts in the town, 
during the breeding-season. One pair built in the Bishop's Registrar's office, and 
although the office was closed from 3 o'clock on Saturday until 7 o'clock on Monday 
morning, they built their nest and laid three eggs, which I took from them before they 
left. They have often attempted to return every season to the House of Assembly, and 
commence building, but their little neighbours, the Palm Swifts, allow them no rest 
until they have driven them away. This year, 1803, a few pairs have succeeded in 
making a lodgment. The nest is a half of an oblong mass of mud and grass well worked 
together, with a flat top or platform, and a small cup filled with down. The flat side 
of the section is stuck against the wall or beam ; the eggs are three, varying consider- 
ably in form, size, and markings, the type, -f- by rg-ths long, oval, white, splashed with 
dots of burnt ochre, thicker at the larger end. In some the marking is almost 

Dr. Gundlach furnishes a similar account of the species in Cuba to that of 
Mr. Gosse above recorded. He states that these Swallows quit the northern part of the 
island in autumn, but merely retire to the southern portions, and in spring he noticed 
several in the eastern departments. Their nesting-season is from March to June, and 
their song is agreeable and varied. The nest is variously placed in houses, sheds, and 

The occurrence of this species on the mainland of Central America rests at present 
upon two specimens in the collection of Messrs. Salvin and Godman, and now in the 
British Museum. One specimen was procured by Mr. G. F. Gaumer in Yucatan, Avhere, 
says that gentleman, it is resident, frequenting the cave-like holes called " senotes." 
Another specimen, not fully adult, was obtained in Panama by the late Mr. M'Leannan, 
and there can be no doubt that it is referable to the present species. Messrs. Salvin 
and Godman suggest that there is a possibility of an error in the locality attributed to 
this specimen, as M'Leannan once had some Cuban birds in his possession ; but it is 
quite possible that on the continent of America the species is local and only to be found 
in colonies, like its conveners, and thus it mav be distributed over a wider area than is 
generally supposed. 

Dr. Thienemann has described eggs of this Swallow sent from Cuba by Dr. 
Gundlach as being similar to those of its North- American relative, the ground-colour 
being milky white without much gloss, and thickly covered with reddish grey, or else 
with light or dark spots of a brownish-red colour. 

The descriptions are taken from the British Museum ' Catalogue,' and the figure is 
drawn from the Yucatan specimen in the Salvin-Godman collection. 

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Hirundo ruficollaris, Peale, U.S. Explor. Exped., Birds, p. 175 (1848) ; Gray, 

Hand-1. B. i. p. 71, no. 839 (1869). 
Petrochelidon fulva, juv., Cass. U.S. Expl. Exped., Birds, p. 181 (1858). 
Petrochelidon ruficollaris, Baird, Review Airier. B. p. 292 (1866) ; Salvin and 

Godman, Biol. Centr.-Ainer., Aves, i. p. 225 (1883) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. 

Mus. x. pp. 196, 636, pi. iii. (1885) ; Taez. Orn. du Perou, iii. App. p. 503 (1886). 
Petrochelidon ruficollis, Nation, P. Z. S. 1885, p. 277. 

P. uropygio rufo ; gula, albida ; torque preepectcrali rufa, auricularibus concolore. 
Hab. in Peruvia. 

Adult male. General colour above dull purplisb blue, streaked on the mantle and back with greyish- 
white edges to the feathers ; lower back and rump pale chestnut ; scapulars like the back ; wing- 
coverts and quills brown, with ashy margins to the secondaries ; upper tail-coverts pale brown, 
with ashy-whitish edges to the outer ones ; tail-feathers dusky brown, paler brown towards the 
ends of the inner webs ; crown of head purplish blue, separated from the back by a collar of 
smoky brown, base of forehead dull chestnut ; ear-coverts and cheeks ashy white, the former 
posteriorly marked with light chestnut, which extends backwards and forms a patch on the sides 
of the hinder crown ; throat ashy white ; fore neck and chest pale chestnut, with a patch of smoky 
brown on the sides of the upper breast ; centre of breast and abdomen white, the flanks and vent 
washed with pale chestnut ; under tail-coverts pale brown, broadly edged with white, producing 
a mottled appearance ; axillaries and under wing-coverts uniform smoky brown ; quills dusky 
brown below, more ashy along the edge of the inner web. Total length 4'8 inches, culmen 0'35, 
wing 3"8, tail l - 9, tarsus (M-5. 

Young. Much duller in colour than the adult ; and distinguished by the narrow ashy margins to 
the feathers of the upper surface, the wing-coverts, secondaries, and tail-feathers being edged 
with pale chestnut ; lower back and rump paler chestnut than in the adult ; upper tail-coverts 
edged with rufous ; throat washed with rufous ; chestnut band on breast less pronounced ; Hanks 
smoky brown washed with pale rufous. Total length 4 - 6 inches, culmen 0'3, wing 3 45, tail l - 9, 
tarsus 0'4. 

Hab. Peru. 

The original specimen of this species was discovered by Mr Peale near Callao, in Peru, 
during the voyage of the United States Exploring Expedition. Mr. Cassin afterwards 
united Peale's species to the Central-American P. fulva, of which he considered it to be 
the immature bird. Professor Baird, however, in 1865, reinstated the Peruvian bird as 


a distinct species, and his decision has been amply confirmed by the recent researches of 
Professor Nation, to whom the rediscovery of Peale's neglected species is due. 

After remaining for nearly forty years in comparative obscurity, and being represented 
by the single type specimen in America, Prof. Nation forwarded specimens to Dr. Sclater 
and to tbe British Museum, from the vicinity of Lima, and communicated the interest- 
ing notice of the bird's habits which we transcribe below. As far as is known at present, 
this Swallow does not appear to occur anywhere but in Peru, and even there its range 
appears to be limited, as will be seen by the following notes of Prof. Nation : — 

" Some twenty years ago an American engineer, engaged by the Peruvian Govern- 
ment to survey the Andean valleys and coasts of Peru for railway routes, showed me a 
letter from his friend the late Mr. John Cassin, requesting him to examine carefully the 
rocks and cliffs for a Swallow's nest. He informed me that he had searched for it for 
two or three years without success. Many years after, when the subject of Mr. Cassin's 
letter had almost escaped my memory, being in the National Library of Lima, looking 
over some books which had just arrived, I found the two volumes of Birds of the U.S. 
Exploring Expedition, and saw the description of the Swallows obtained by Peale, near 
Callao, in, I think, 1835, and named by him Hirundo ruficollis. With this information 
I recommenced my search for it. 

" One would naturally suppose that if a Crag-Martin had been found in "Western 
Peru, its breeding-place would be found in one of the Andean valleys, where everything 
necessary for its economy abounds. Such at least was my impression, and from this 
error I lost many years in searching for it in places which it rarely or perhaps never 
visits. At length, in 1877, tired and fatigued by a long ramble over the hot sandy hills 
of the neighbourhood of Lima, I came to some old ruins of a brick- or lime-works, so 
old that the ditches that had once supplied it with water had in many places dis- 
appeared ; it must have been abandoned for a quarter of a century at least. Here, while 
sitting down inside the old kiln, I observed a bit of earth adhering to the wall; on 
removing it, and blowing away carefully the loose particles of dust, I saw that it was 
composed of pellets, and that these pellets could not have been formed by any insect. I 
felt convinced that I had discovered the object of so many fatiguing journeys. Every 
rock, wall, and building near the ruins was carefully examined by me, and in the course 
of the day, about twelve miles from the city, I fell in with a large colony of Cliff- 

" On the following day I returned with a man and a ladder. The house which this 
bird had selected for its breeding-place was a little Gothic building, used for a telegraph- 
and railway-station, so near the line that I observed that the nests were surrounded by 
the smoke of the engine. The man in charge of the station informed me that the 
building had been scarcely finished before it was taken possession of by the colony. In 
the neighbourhood there was a large sugar-plantation, with many buildings, of which 
the roofs and walls had been taken possession of by Atticora cyanoleuca, but not a nest 
of the Cliff-Swallow could be seen on them. On examining the nests, I found them in 

every stage of construction, from the first circular row of wet pellets to the perfect nest 
inhabited by a family of young birds nearly fledged. On the outside (for the roofs 
inside bad been taken possession of also) I counted 123 nests. The rafters under the 
eaves were covered by the nests in many places. The nests were placed one upon 
another. The sill of one window had a row of nests upon it ; and I observed one or 
two nests affixed to the sides of the walls of the house. The nest is very large for so 
small a bird. Tbe one I removed weighs two pounds ; it stands 7 inches high, and is 6-| 
inches wide at the base. The neck is about 2^ inches long and 2 wide. The lining is 
very scanty, scarcely sufficient to cover the bottom of the nest, and is composed of a few 
bits of fine grasses with one or two feathers. The eggs which I found in this nest, in 
which incubation had many days commenced, were three in number, white, thickly 
speckled with reddish brown ; they are ten twelfths of an inch long by seven broad. 

" I never saw anything more beautiful than the appearance of a colony of these birds 
in their curious-shaped nests, out of which project the heads of the owners at the slightest 
alarm. It is by no means a shy bird ; while I was examining the nests they flew around 
me like bees, almost touching my face, uttering piteous cries. I felt sorry to see the 
distress of the parent birds whose nest I removed. 

" Of the nest I brought away I made a drawing, and sent copies of it to almost every 
part of Peru, and in a short time I was in possession of many important facts respecting 
its range in Peru. Unfortunately, about this time difficulties between Chili and Peru 
commenced, and soon after broke out the terrible war of the Pacific. Personal obser- 
vations and postal inquiries became impossible. Since the departure of the Chilian army 
and the return of the Peruvian authorities, I have done all I could to add to my 
knowledge of its range and habits, but I regret to say with little success. The colony 
I first discovered was swept away, the bones of many of my friends are laid under the 
battle-field, and the state of the country renders it unsafe to stray far from the city gates. 

" According to rny present knowledge of this species, it seems to be confined to the 
cultivated lands in the river districts of the narrow strips of arid country situated 
between the Pacific and the mouths of the Andean valleys, from the southern border of 
the great desert of Sechura to the desert of lea, from about 7° to 13° S. latitude. It is 
remarkable that I have never been able to obtain any evidence that it builds its nest on 
a rock or cliff, or that it is seen inside the mouth of the Andean valleys. The nest is 
always found on human habitations. In the vicinity of Lima and within twelve miles 
of the walls there are at present fourteen colonies." 

The description and the figures in the accompanying Plates have been taken from 
the specimens presented to the British Museum by Professor Nation. 






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Kirundo rufigula, Bocage, Jorn. Lisb. 1878, pp. 256, 269 ; id. Orn. Angola, p. 545 
(1881) ; Skarpe, ed. Layard's B. S. Afr. p. 840 (1884) ; id. Cat. Birds in Brit. 
Mus. x. p. 197 (1885). 

P. fascia angustissima frontali rufa ; pileo chalybeo-nigro dorso concolore ; uropygio rufo ; corpore subtus 
rufo, gula. et subcaudalibus saturatioribus et fere castaneis. 

Hab. in provincia Angolensi ' Benguela ' dicta. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy blue-black, the feathers of the hind neck and mantle edged 
with isabelline buff or reddish white, producing a streaked appearance ; rump and upper tail- 
coverts chestnut, contrasting with the back ; lesser and median wing-coverts dull blue-black ; 
greater coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills dusky, slightly glossed with blue on 
the outer web ; tail-feathers dusky, with a greenish gloss, all but the two centre ones with a large 
white spot on the inner web ; head uniform glossy blue-black ; lores pale rufous ; in front of the 
eye a velvety black spot ; ear-coverts dull blue-black, slightly varied with rufous margins to the 
feathers; cheeks and throat deep chestnut; remainder of under surface paler chestnut or rufous, 
deepening into rich chestnut on the under tail-coverts, the long ones of which have a large sub- 
terminal spot of blue-black ; under wing-coverts and axillaries like the breast ; quills dusky 
below, more ashy along the inner web. Total length 5 - 2 inches, culmen 0'3, wing 3' 75, tail 2*1, 
tarsus O4o. 

Hab. Benguela. 

This Cliff-Swallow was discovered by Senhor Anchieta at Caconda in Benguela. It is a 
very distinct species, and cannot well be confounded witb any of the other members of 
the genus. 

The description is copied from the British Museum ' Catalogue of Birds ' ; it is there 
taken from the original specimen lent us by Professor Barboza du Bocage. The figure 
is drawn from the same bird. 

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Sirundo spllodera, Sundev. GEfv. K. Vet.-Akad. Forh. Stockli. 1S50, p. 108 ; Gray, 

Hand-1. B. i. p. 70, no. 828 (18G9). 
Pkedina spllodera, Bp. Bivist. Contemp., Torino, 1857, p. 4. 
lllrundo lunlfrons, Layard, B. S. Afr. p. 56 (18(57, nee Say). 
lllrundo alfredi, Hartl. Ibis, 1868, p. 153, pi. 4 ; Layard, t. c. p. 243 ; Gray, Hand-L 

B. i. p. 71, no. 838 (1869). 
Petrochelldon spllodera, Sharpe, F. Z. S. 1870, p. 293 ; Gurney, Ibis, 1874, p. 101 ; 

Butler, Feilden, & Beid, Zool. 1882, p. 249 ; Sharpe, ed. Layard's B. S. Afr. 

pp. 357, 839 (1881) ; id. Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 198 (1885). 

P. fascia froutali nulla, loris et fronte basali tantum rufescentibus : subalaribus et axillaribus pallide 
rufis concoloribus : teetricibus longioribus supracaudalibus et subcaudalibus chalybeo-nigris, 
anguste rufo apicatis. 

Hab. in Africa meridiouali. 

Adult male. Head dark brown, obscurely glossed with greenish blue, lighter brown towards the nape ; 
back and scapulars deep blue, the feathers edged latitudinally with ashy white, giving a striped 
appearance to the whole back, the scapulars and wing-coverts just faintly edged with rusty 
white ; the lower part of the back blue, not marked with whitish stripes ; rump and upper tail- 
coverts pale rufous ; wing-coverts and quills brownish black, with a slight blue gloss on the latter 
and on the extremities of the quills ; longer upper tail-coverts blue-black, all but the centre ones 
rufous at their ends ; tail brownish black, also slightly glossed with blue ; a patch of feathers in 
front of the eye pale sienna ; cheeks, ear-coverts, and sides of the neck dark blue ; throat sienna 
and covered with little black spots, increasing in size on the lower throat; under surface of the 
body white, washed on the upper part of the breast and on the flanks with sienna ; a few scattered 
black spots on the chest ; under tail-coverts and vent deep sienna, some of the former entirely 
black, and the others rufous with a blackish spot. Total length 5"9 inches, of bill from front 
04, from gape 0'6, wing 4o, tail 2 - l, tarsus 0"5, middle toe - 45, hind toe 0"2. 

Adult female. Similar in plumage to the male. Total length 5'6 inches, wing 4*4. 

Younff. Differs from the adult in being sooty blackish with scarcely any blue gloss ; the wing-covcrts 
like the back and narrowly edged with pale sienna, more broadly on the greater coverts and inner 
secondaries; rump pale sienna, with which also the upper tail-coverts are broadly tipped ; quills 
and tail-feathers blackish ; head sooty black, only slightly paler than the back ; a narrow line of 
rufous at base of forehead and over the eye ; checks, ear-coverts, sides of face, and throat black, 
the chin mottled with rufous white, the fore neck and chest also largely spotted with black ; 

remainder of under surface pale fawn-colour, paler in the centre of the hreast ; under tail coverts 
fawn-colour, the long ones black, edged and tipped with fawn-colour. 

The sexes, when adult, appear to be absolutely alike in colour, nor is there any difference in size. The 
amount of spotting on the throat, however, varies considerably, even in sjiecimens apparently 
quite adult and shot at the same time of year. Thus, a male procured by Colonel Butler near 
Newcastle in October has scarcely any black spots on the throat, while another pair procured in 
the same month in the same locality have the throat profusely spotted. We imagine that the 
birds which show the greatest amount of spotting are older individuals, and that the black band 
across the lower throat is a sign of immaturity, as it is present in a marked degree in the 

Hah. South-eastern Africa from the vicinity of Grahamstown to the interior of Natal, the Orange Free 
State, and the Transvaal. 

The occurrence of a species of Petrochelidon in South Africa is especially interesting, 
particularly when it is discovered that its nearest ally is the Cliff-Swallow of North 
America {Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) \ and this fact is the more important when taken in 
conjunction with the fact of the Rough-Winged Swallows being confined to the conti- 
nents of Africa and America, showing a curious affinity in the relations of the Swallows 
of these two distant regions. 

The present species was first made known to science hy the late Professor Wahlberg, 
w r ho discovered it in Caffraria in 1849. The " Caffraria " of that day was the Transvaal 
of the present, and this Swallow has been re-discovered in that country by Mr. Ayres. 
It was first described by the late Professor Sundevall as Uirundo spilodera, the specific 
name indicating the white streaks on the back, which are a prominent feature in this 
and so many other species of Swallow. It was afterwards found within the precincts 
of the Cape Colony, and was identified by Mr. E. L. Layard in 1867 as the North- 
American P. lunifrons (i. e. P. pyrrhonota). In the following year Mr. Ayres sent 
home specimens from the Transvaal, and these were described by Dr. Hartlaub as 
Hirundo alfredi, being named after H.P.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. In 1870 we were 
enabled, by the examination of a typical specimen of PL, spilodera in the Leiden Museum, 
to identify with it the more recently described H. alfredi. 

Mr. Layard writes : — " The circumstances of its re-discovery in Southern Africa 
were very curious. The author was first led to a knowledge of this species by observing 
an unusual appearance on an overhanging rock photographed near Middleburg during 
the journey of H.B.H. Prince Alfred through South Africa in 1860. On applying a 
strong magnifying-power to the picture, he distinctly made out that the appearance 
consisted of a cluster of birds' nests. He at once concluded that they were constructed 
by some kind of Swallow unknown to us, and requested our zealous contributor, Mr. 
Jackson, to look well after them, if ever he found himself in the neighbourhood. This 
he did, and tells us he counted about twenty nests, under a rock, clustered together." 

Mr. Ortlepp wrote to Mr. Layard from Colesberg : — " The nests are composed of 

pellets of mud closely packed together. I counted 110 less than sixty in a square yard 
against an overhanging bank. Each nest is a half-sphere, with a small hole for entrance. 
The Boers tell me that formerly these birds were unknown to them, and when first seen 
they appeared in small numbers, which is not the case now, as I saw hundreds hawking 
about near Sandport. I calculate that at least two thousand will be hatched at this 
place this season." 

According to Mr. Lavard these Swallows also bred near Sidburv, about twenty-eight 
miles from Grahamstown, in 1870 ; and about the same time Mr. T. C. Atmore 
forwarded to him several specimens from the neighbourhood of Eland's Post. According 
to Colonels Butler and Feilden and Captain Beid, the species was very numerous in the 
Newcastle district of Natal, breeding in October. 

Dr. H. Exton has sent specimens of adults and young birds from the neighbourhood 
of Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, and, as already mentioned, Mr. Ayres has 
found the species breeding in the Transvaal near Potchefstroom. 

Colonels Butler and Eeilden and Captain Beid give the following account of the 
nesting of this species : — " The nests are large globular mud structures, very similar to 
those of Chelidon urbica, with a hole near the top, and warmly lined with feathers 
matted together. As a rule they are built under cliffs and rocks overhanging small 
streams from one to nine feet above the surface of the water, and are packed closely 
together. In some instances the entrance-hole slightly projects, but never so much as 
to form a passage, as in the nests of Hirundo cncullata. In a colony at the Ingagane 
Biver, visited by Beid, there were as many as 200 nests together in one clump, and 
seA'eral smaller ones close by, quite four hundred nests in all, while in others there were 
not more than fifteen or twenty. Three eggs appear to be the regular number, for in 
one nest only did we meet with four. The eggs, which vary much in size, are white, 
rather finely spotted and blotched with reddish brown and chestnut, or inky purple, the 
markings being rather more numerous towards the obtuse end. We took them in 
October and November. The birds were first noticed about their nesting-places at the 
end of August. They appear to resort to the same place to breed every year. It would 
appear that they make use of the ' daaga,' or cement-like mixture of which the ants 
form their hills, in the construction and repair of their nests ; one was shot by Beid, 
sitting on the top of a broken ant-hill, with its mouth full of this material, which, from 
its binding properties, is collected and used as mortar throughout the upper districts of 
the colony." 

Of the eggs sent by Mr. Ortlepp, Mr. Layard observes as follows :— " The eggs sent 
are very beautiful, being a delicate white, tinged with the faintest blush of junk, spotted, 
chiefly in a ring near the larger end, with different sized spots of various shades of brown, 
verditer, and even yellow." 

The descriptions are taken from specimens in the British Museum, and the figures 
have been drawn from an adult bird procured by Colonel Butler near Newcastle, the 
young one from a specimen shot near Bloemfontein by Dr. Exton. 

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P Red-headed Swallow, Lath. Gen. Syn. ii. pt. 2, p. 57, pi. lvi. (1783). 

? Hirundo erythrocephala, Gin. Syst. Nat. i. p. 1024 (1788, ex Lath.) ; Gray, Cat. 

Fissir. Brit. Mus. p. 25 (1848). 
Herse erythrocephala, Bp. Consp. i. p. 340 (1850). 
Hirundo fiuvicola, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxiv. p. 471 (1855, ex Jerd. MSS.) ; Jerd. B. 

Ind. i. p. 161 (1862) ; Blyth, Ibis, 1866, p. 337 ; Blanf. Ibis, 1867, p. 462 ; Gray. 

Hand-1. B. i. p. 70, no. 819 (1869); Jerd. Ibis, 1871, p. 352; Hayes Lloyd, Ibis, 

1873, p. 406 ; Adam, Str. F. 1S73, p. 370 ; Aitken, Str. F. 1875, p. 213 ; Butler, 

t. c. p. 439; Davidson & Wenden, Str. F. 1878, vol. ii. p. 76; Hume, t. c. p. 97 ; 

Ball, t. c. p. 202 ; Hume, Str. F. 1879, p. 84 ; Butler, Cat. B. Siud &c. p. 13 

(1879); id. Cat. B. S. Bomb. Fres. p. 14 (1880); Vidal, Str. F. 1880, p. 43 ; 

Butler, t. c. p. 378 ; Davidson & Wenden, Str. F. 1882, p. 293. 
Lagenoplastes empusa, Blyth, Ibis, 1806, p. 337 (ex Gould, MSS.). 
Hirundo Jluminicola, Sclater, F. Z. S. 1867, p. 832. 
Lagenoplastes flavicola, Gould, B. Asia, i. pi. 33 (1868) ; Hume, Nests and Eggs of 

Indian Birds, p. 80 (1873) ; id. Str. F. 1875, p. 452 ; Fairb. Str. F. 1876, p. 251 ; 

Butler, Str. F. 1877, p. 217. 
Petrochelidon fluvicola, Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 200 (1885). 

P. pileo rufo ; uropygio fumoso-brunneo, plumis basaliter fuscescentibus ; gutture et praspectore dis- 
tincte nigro striolatis. 

Hab. in peninsula Indict. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy blue-black, mottled -with white streaks where the bases to 
the feathers show through ; lesser wing-coverts like the back, the remainder dusky blackish, 
glossed with steel-green externally ; rump and upper tail-coverts dark smoky brown, mottled 
with blackish bases to the feathers, many of which are glossed with blue ; upper tail-coverts 
smoky brown ; tail-feathers blackish with a slight steel-green gloss ; crown of head dull brick- 
red with blackish shaft-lines ; lores white, separated from the forehead by a line of black ; ear- 
coverts dusky brown, with narrow streaks of fulvous brown; cheeks, throat, and breast white, 
broadly streaked with blackish shafts ; abdomen and under tail-coverts pure white, with narrow 
dusky shaft-lines ; sides of body smoky brown, streaked with blackish shaft-lines ; under wing- 
coverts and axillaries also dark smoky brown, with narrow shaft-lines of darker brown ; quills 
dusky below, paler along the inner web. Total length 4"5 inches, culmen 025, wing 4'6, 
tail l - 75, tarsus - 4. 

There is scarcely any difference in the colour of the sexes when adult. The female is a little 

duller in colour, and has some distinct blackish stripes on the head ; these are seen, however, 

occasionally in males. The following are some measurements of birds in the Hume Collection, 

from Bhurtpur and Ajmere : — 

Total length. Wing. Tail. Tarsus. 

in. in. in. in. 

a. S ad. Bhurtpur, Jan. 1868 40 3"55 T55 04 

b. ? ad. „ „ 4-3 35 1-6 0-4 

c. ? ad. „ „ 4-2 36 TO 035 

d. c? ad. Ajmere, Nov. 1869 4'2 3"55 T65 0-4 

e. ? juv. „ Dec. 1869 44 3'65 16 035 

/. ? ad. „ „ 4-3 3-5 16 0'4 

g. J juv. „ „ 4-2 3-55 T55 0'4 

h. ? ad. „ „ 4-3 3-6 16 0'4 

The old birds have whitish edgings to the ends of the inner webs, of the outer tail-feathers, 
which are wanting in the young birds. Some stress has been laid on this point by various 
writers, and Mr. Gould separated a species as Lagenoplastes empusa, which Mr. Blyth and Mr. 
Jerdon were at one time inclined to recognize, the latter author mainly upon the absence of any 
mention of these white markings in Gould's description. Jerdon considered that these markings' 
were absent in the females and young birds, but the adult females have them, and they are only 
absent in the young birds. The type of Gould's L. empusa is in the British Museum, aud it is 
nothing but the young of P. fluvicola, with which it was apparently never compared. 

Young birds are distinguished by being dusky brown with scarcely any blue, the wing-coverts and 
inner secondaries being edged at the end with pale rufous or isabelline buff; the feathers of the 
rump and upper tail-coverts also have rufescent edges; the head is browner, with distinct streaks 
of blackish ; the throat and chest are dusky brown, witb blackish streaks ; the underparts are 
washed with rufous, and the under wing-coverts and axillaries are dusky brown, with a rufous 

The labels of Mr. Hume's Ajmere specimens give the soft parts as follows: — "Bill horny black; 
feet purplish brown, the soles and edges of scales greyish white." A male had the "iris reddish 
brown, the bill dusky, the feet brown, with the soles grey." An immature bird, collected by 
Colonel Butler at Belgaum, had "the irides dark brown, the feet and biil blackish." 

Immature birds, although blue above, may be distinguished from the adults by their reddish- 
brown crowns, and the whitish fringes to the feathers of the back and secondaries. 

Hab. The peninsula of India, ranging from Cashmere to Ferozopur, the Sambhur Lake, Kathiawar, 
aud Kutch, its eastern boundary being Behar and the neighbourhood of Mirzapur, whence it 
extends through the Central Provinces and the Deccan as far south as Coimbatore. 

The present species and P. oriel of Australia constitute a section of the genus Petro- 
chelidon wherein the head is rufous. The Indian bird differs from its Australian ally 
in having the rump smoky brown, and the throat and fore neck broadly and distinctly 
streaked with black. 

The Indian Cliff-Swallow is everywhere a more or less local bird. Its northward 
range appears to be bounded by the Ganges, and its western one by the Indus, as there 

is at present no evidence of its crossing the limits of these rivers. It is not known in 
Sind, and cannot be plentiful in the Northern Punjab. The late Professor Leith Adams 
procured a specimen of a Swallow which he described in the ' Proceedings ' of the 
Zoological Society for 1S59 (p. 176), and which has always been identified as the present 
species. He says it was " common on the lakes and streams in the Vale of Cashmere 
during the summer months, and likewise in the Punjab at certain seasons." Dr. Jerdon 
comments on this passage, and states that he never saw the species at all in Cashmere. 
It certainly does occur there ; for a specimen obtained by Mr. W. E. Brooks at Chungus, 
in June 1S71, is in the Hume Collection. A skin collected by Captain Stackhouse 
Pinwill at Kangra, in the Punjab, is also in the British Museum. 

Mr. Hume gives the following summary of its range in the north : — 

" The Indian Cliff-Swallow is one of the commonest of our Swallows in Upper 
Jndia, at any rate. From the Tonse River, near Mirzapur to the Sutledge, near Pero- 
zopur, it abounds wherever there is water and cliffs or ruined buildings, against which 
it can plaster its huge mud honeycomb-like congeries of nests. In the Dhoon, under 
the Solanee Aqueduct, in Ajmere, at Ahmedabad in Guzerat, in Saugor, in the Central 
Provinces, and in twenty other places, I have noticed numerous colonies in and on 
buildings ; and as for breeding in cliffs, to give one single instance (and I could give 
fifty), visiting the river Chambal where the Etawah and Gwalior Road crosses it, 
and following its course downwards to its junction at Bhurrey with the Jumna, one will 
meet with at least one hundred colonies of this species, all with their clustered nests 
plastered against the faces of the high clay cliffs w r hich overhang the river." 

When in Kathiawar, Colonel Hayes Lloyd states : — 

" I shot two out of a small party of these Swallows flvins? about the rockv bed of a 
river near the town of Dhrole ; and on another occasion, when lying out on the shores 
of the Gulf of Kuchh waiting for Waders, a single bird of this species flew round close 
to me. I have not noticed it on any other occasion." 

Colonel E. A. Butler records the species from Kutch, Kathiawar, and Gujarat. 
He says it is rare in the former districts, and only locally distributed in the other. He 
met with it about ten miles north of Ahmedabad, on the Deesa Road. Mr. Hume also 
writes : — 

" I shot several Indian Cliff-Swallows a few miles from Mount Aboo. It does not, 
I fancy, ascend the hills, and must even in the plains be there a rare straggler, as neither 
Dr. King nor Capt. Butler appear to have observed it. I have seen a single specimen 
from Cutch. Prom Sindh it has not yet been sent. Eastward from Mt. Aboo it 
becomes more common, and at Ajmere there are large colonies, and again southward 
in the environs of Ahmedabad." 

Mr. R. M. Adam found this Swallow very common to the west of Sambhur, and a 
number of specimens from Ajmere are in the Hume Collection. Mr. Hume also found 
it plentiful on the lakes in Oodeypore. There are also specimens in the Hume Collection 
from Bhurtpur, Futtehpur Sikri, and Etawah. Mr. Wyatt has the following note made 

flaring his travels in India : — " I met with a colony nesting in March on the cliffs of the 
Jumna, ahout a mile from Etawah. The nests were inaccessible, but I obtained the 
specimens of the birds from which the figures in the plate are drawn. I also found the 
species nesting on the Nerbudda, ten miles from Jubbulpur. One colony bad their nests 
only about two feet above the water. I tried to cut away a nest from the rock, but it 
went to pieces like sand. It contained one white egg. The birds hovered around all 
the time with a Bat -like flight." 

Dr. Jerdon gives the following note on the species : — 

" I found it first on rivers in Bundelkund, the Sonar, and the Ken, breeding in 
company on the rocky cliffs overhanging the rivers. I afterwards found it in one or two 
localities, not very far from Saugor, on the Nerbudda, near Jubbulpore, and also on the 
Wurdah river, not far from Chanda. It has hitherto, I believe, not been found by any 
other observer, and is doubtless both rare and local in its haunts, and occurs only in 
small numbers. Probably fifty or sixty nests, all crowded closely together, were seen by 
me in several of their breeding-spots, the nests being retort-shaped like the last. The 
birds were busy breeding at the time I first discovered them, towards the end of April 
and May, but I could not get at the nests to procure the eggs." 

Mr. Blanford observed this Swallow on the Godavery, and makes the following 
observations : — 

" I thrice saw colonies of Hlnmdo fluvicola, Jerdon ; but it is a rare bird. Their 
nests were in every case massed together, as described by Dr. Jerdon (B. Ind. i. p. 162), 
beneath an overhanging bank, below which was deep water. My friend Mr. Tedden, 
who was with me in the same district, told me that he met with a colony beneath a 
waterfall on the Pem Gunga river, and the birds flew in and out of their nests through 
the water. In every case the nests were in places which would be covered by the river 
during the wet season. I was told by the natives that the birds keep about the same 
spot, and return again to their former nesting-place after the rains. This is highly 
probable ; for one, at least, of the localities I hit upon was mentioned by Dr. Jerdon — 
that on the "VYurdu river, west of Chanda. The birds appear never to go very far from 
their nests, and generally keep close to the river, beating for about half a mile or so up 
and down, net, however, keeping to the river-bed itself, as H. rujiceps, Licht., does when 
breeding. I obtained the eggs, which are very similar in shape and colour to those of 
H. rujiceps, being white, sparingly spotted with claret-colour, or nearly pure white. I 
suspect the birds have two broods in the year — one in February, the other in April. I 
found many young birds in the nests at the beginning of March ; while in the middle of 
April there were eggs in the nests, and the young of the first brood, differing very little 
from their parents, were flying about." 

Commenting on the above notes, Dr. Jerdon writes : — 

" Mr. Blanford has recently found it in the same localities as the first procured by 
myself. He also observed apparently some of the very colonies of nests I had noted, and 

fortunately procured the eggs. He notices that they ' invariably ' build beneath an 
overhanging rock or bank over deep water, returning to the same spot every year. I 
observed one colony of nests near Nagpore, however, where the nests, whicli were in a 
sort of cavern, were easilv reached bv the band from the shallow water at the bottom of 
the cave, and a greater deviation from this will be noticed further on. I found this 
Swallow exceedingly abundant in parts of the North-west Provinces of India, less so 
perhaps in the Punjab. I found it breeding on bridges over the Ganges canal, and on 
the great Solanee aqueduct close to Koorkee; I also, to my surprise, found it breeding 
under an archway in the town of Dehra Dhoon." 

Mr. Aitken writes of the species in Berar : — 

" The smallest of our Swallows, and much less familiarly known than the other 
species, as it lives in colonies and is strictly confined to certain localities. At Akola 
there is one of these colonies, which build there under a broken portion of a wall whicli 
stretches out into the Moorna ; the nests are retort-shaped ; a few stand apart, but the 
majority are attached together, the tubular necks all standing out from the wall, and 
presenting a very peculiar appearance. With the first heavy showers of the monsoon 
the river comes down in a flood, and washes the whole place clean ; as soon as the rains 
abate, rebuilding commences, and the bustle in the early morning is prodigious, the birds 
hurrying from all quarters with their bills full of mud. They are much persecuted by 
Sparrows, who take possession of the eggcup of the nest before the neck is added, and a 
single pair will cause several nests to be deserted before they suit themselves. As soon 
as the nests are finished the eggs are laid, and when hatched they simply throw the egg- 
shells into the water instead of carrying them to a distance, as is done by most birds, 
aware, apparently, that the stream will carry them away. I have noticed this also in the 
case of the "Weaver-bird. The second brood is in February, during which month they 
swarm about the nests like bees about a hive, while every now and then splash goes some 
too fragile neck, breaking even under the light weight of the little owner. These break- 
ages do not, however, interfere in the least with the process of incubation, but appear to 
be repaired even while the mother-bird is sitting. The eggs are two, sometimes three, 
in number, of a white colour, spotted with faint red ; I have seen some, however, pure 
white ; they vary greatly both in colour and size. After the young quit the nest they 
associate in a large flock, playing about over the surface of the water, and drinking 
frequently as they fly. The old birds do not by any means confine themselves to the 
water, but spread freely over the country, and sing much on the wing. Their flight is 
comparatively feeble." 

In the Deccan, according to Messrs. Davidson and Wenden, it is resident from 
August to March, and probably all the year. It is very local, and they have only found it 
in two or three places along the Panjra Biver. It breeds in October and again in January, 
in immense colonies. Another locality is " under the railway-arch over the standing 
water of the Sholapoor tank." Colonel Butler never met with it near Belgaum, but 
considers it to be a permanent resident in the southern Bombay Presidency, locally 


common, but in many districts unknown. The Bev. S. B. Fairbank met with it near 
Satara. Mr. Vidal killed a specimen at Dliamapur in the South Konkan on the 12th of 
February, 1880, and in the Hume collection is a single bird from Coimbatore, shot by 
Mr. R. H. P. Carter in August. 

Mr. Hume has the following account of the nesting of the species in his ' Nests and 
Fgsjs of Indian Birds ' : — 

"They breed, according to my experience, from February to April and again in July 
and August ; they build a small, more or less retort-shaped mud nest, in clusters of from 
20 to 200, packed as closely as possible, so that a section parallel to the wall or cliff face 
against which a colony has established itself, and about four inches away from the wall, 
would present an appearance much like that of a honeycomb, though the cells would be 
less regular. The tubular mouths, from two to five inches long, all point outwards, but 
those of the exterior nests of the cluster are generally turned somewhat. The chambers 
vary a good deal in size, but average from four inches in diameter. Their nests are to 
be found equally in the wildest and most desolate, and again, as at the Kotwalee in 
Dehra and the city gate at Ajmere, in the most thronged and frequented localities. 

" The nests are well lined with feathers, and I remember more than once that when 
robbing these nests, numbers of feathers were carried away with the wind, all of which 
the little Swallows industriously captured in their mouths, but at last not knowing what 
to do with them, the men being still at work at the nests, apparently reluctantly let 
them fly." 

" Mr. B. Thompson says : — ' I found large numbers of this Swallow breeding in the 
Central Provinces, especially about the fine arched bridges on the Great Northern and 
Deccan road.' 

" Mr. F. B. Blewitt enquires :— 

" ' Does this bird breed twice in the year ? I ask the question for the following 
reason. Though I have occasionally seen this Swallow in other localities, yet only at 
Talbehut have I found the nest. On the side wall of a Hindoo place of worship facing 
the main road of the city there are clustered closely together above one hundred of these 
retort-shaped nests. When I passed there in the latter end of April, the birds, a perfect 
colony of them, were breeding. Owing to the strong prejudice of the people, who would 
not permit the nests to be robbed, I with difficulty secured four eggs. Again in the 
same nests, the birds were found breeding in August, and some twenty eggs obtained. 
Four appears to be the regular number of eggs.' " " So far as I can judge," adds Mr. 
Hume, "three is the normal number ; I have opened a very large number of nests, 
and only twice or thrice found more than three eggs." 

"The eggs of this species vary much in size, shape, and colour. Typically, they are 
a long oval, a good deal pointed towards one end, but some are fairly perfect ovals, while 
others are pyriform, and here and there a nearly cylindrical variety is observable. They 
are smaller, as a rule, than those of L. erytkropygia, and more glossy, resembling in these 
respects those of S.filifera. The ground-colour in all is white, a good deal tinged, when 

fresh and unblown, with pale salmon-colour, due to the partial transparency of the 
delicate shell. About half are pure and spotless white, the rest are more or less streaked, 
mottled, speckled, or clouded with pale yellowish, or somewhat reddish brown. The 
markings are never bold or sharply defined as those of S. filifera so commonly are ; and 
though the difference may not be very apparent by the description, in practice the two 
eggs could not well be confounded. As a rule, the markings are more numerous towards 
the large end, where they have a tendency to form an ill-defined mottled cap, and in 
many eggs they are almost entirely confined to it. 

" In length the eggs vary from 065 to OS inch, in breadth from 0-48 to 0-58 inch ; 
but the average struck from fifty eggs is 0-76 by 0-53 inch." 

The descriptions are taken from the series of skins in the British Museum, and the 
figures from birds shot by Mr. Wyatt near Etawah. 



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Collocalia ariel, Gould, P. Z. S. 1842, p. 132 ; id. B. Austral, ii. pi. 15 (1848). 
Sirundo ariel, Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1845) ; id. Cat. Fissir. Brit. Mus. p. 25 (1848) ; 

id. Hand-1. B. i. p. 70, no. 818 (1869). 
Chelidon ariel, Gould, B. Austr. Intr. p. xxx (1848) ; Ramsay, Ibis, 1865, pp. 299, 

JELerse ariel, Bp. Consp. i. p. 340 (1850). 
Petrochelidon ariel, Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 6 (1853) ; Sharpe, Cat. 

Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 199 (1885). 
Lillia ariel, Boie, J. f. O. 1858, p. 364. 
Lagenoplastes ariel, Gould, Handb. B. Austr. i. p. 113 (1865) ; Ramsay, Ibis, 1868, 

p. 275 ; id. Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. ii. p. 179 (1878) ; Salvad. Orn. Papuasia e 

delle Molucche, ii. p. 7 (1881). 
Chelidon arborea (nee Gould), Ramsay, Ibis, 1865, p. 299 (lapsu cal.) ; id. Ibis, 
1866, p. 127 . 

P. capite rufo • uropygio conspicue albo • gula striis nigricantibus angustissimis notata,. 
Hob. in Australia. 

Adult. General colour above deep blue, the lesser wing-coverts like the back ; remainder of the wing- 
coverts and quills dusky, with a slight gloss externally • lower back and rump creamy white, 
slightly mottled with pale smoky brown where the bases to the feathers show through ; upper 
tail-coverts dull smoky brown ; tail-feathers dusky brown, glossed on the outer web with blue ; 
crown of head bright rufous, with very minute blackish shaft-lines ; nape mottled, the feathers 
being spotted with dark blue and edged with rufous ; lores and a Hue above the eye black ; sides 
of face and ear-coverts dull smoky brown; cheeks aud throat white, very minutely spotted with 
dusky shaft-streaks, these streaks continued on to the fore neck, which is sandy brown like the 
sides of the body and flanks ; breast and abdomen pure white ; under tail-coverts white, with a 
slight smoky tinge ; under wiDg-coverts and axillaries dull sandy brown, the outer coverts mottled 
with blackish bases ; qudls dusky below, lighter brown along the inner webs : " bill blackish grey • 
legs and feet olive-grey ; iris blackish brown " (/. Gould). Total length 4 - 6 inches, culmen 0*3, 
wing 3*7, tail 1*9, tarsus 0*1. 

The sexes are alike in plumage, according to Mr. Gould. 

Hab. Confined to the continent of Australia. 

In tbe year 1865, the late Mr. Gould instituted the genus Lagenoplastes for the Cliff- 


Swallow of Australia ; but ou comparing the latter species with the Cliff-Swallow of 
America, which belongs to the genus Petrochelidon, we were unable to perceive any 
generic difference, and we have therefore united them. The Australian species has 
but one near ally, the P. fluvicola of India, and these two species form a section of the 
genus Petrochelidon, distinguished by their red heads. 

Mr. E. P. Ramsay gives the range of the species as follows — from South Australia 
and Victoria to New South Wales, and thence northwards along the east coast to the 
neighbourhood of Port Denison. As will be seen below, Mr. Gould records it from 
Western Australia, and the late Mr. G. R. Gray, in the 'Hand-list of Birds,' has given 
the Aru Islands as a habitat of the species. This latter record is justly discredited by 
Count Salvadori in his work on the avifauna of New Guinea. 

Mr. Gould gives the following account of the species in his ' Handbook ' : — " The 
Fairy Martin is dispersed over all the southern portions of Australia, and, like every 
other member of the genus, it is strictly migratory. It usually arrives in the month of 
August, and departs again in February or March ; during this interval it rears two or 
three broods. The Fairy Martin, unlike the favourite Swallow of the Australians, 
although enjoying a most extensive range, appears to have an antipathy to the country 
near the sea, for neither in New South Wales nor at Swan River have I ever heard of its 
approaching the coast-line nearer than twenty miles ; hence, while I never observed it at 
Sydney, the town of Maitland on the Hunter is annually visited by it in great numbers. 
In Western Australia it is common between Northam and York, while the towns of 
Perth and Fremantle on the coast are, like Sydney, unfavoured by its presence. I 
observed it throughout the district of the Upper Hunter, as well as in every part of the 
interior, breeding in various localities, wherever suitable situations presented themselves. 
Sometimes their nests are constructed in the cavities of decayed trees ; while not unfre- 
quently clusters of them are attached to the perpendicular banks of rivers, the sides of 
rocks, &c, generally in the vicinity of water. The long bottle-shaped nest is composed of 
mud or clay, and, like that of our Common Martin, is only worked at in the morning 
and evening, unless the day be wet or lowery. In the construction of the nest these birds 
appear to work in small companies, six or seven assisting in the formation of each nest, 
one remaining within and receiving the mud brought by the others in their mouths. In 
shape these nests are nearly round, but vary in size from four to six or seven inches in 
diameter, the spouts of some being eight or nine inches in length. When built on the 
sides of rocks or in the hollows of trees, they are placed without any regular order, in 
clusters of thirty or forty together, some with their spouts inclining downwards, others 
at right angles, &c. ; they are lined with feathers and fine grasses. The eggs, which are 
four or five in number, are sometimes white, at others spotted and blotched with red ; 
-ny in. long by h in. broad." 

Mr. E. P. Ramsay, in his " Notes on Birds Breeding in the Neighbourhood of 
Sydney," alludes to this species under the heading of Chelidon arborea (Ibis, 1865, 
p. 299). This slip of the pen he corrects in the next volume of the ' Ibis ' (18G6, p. 127). 

He says : — " About the end of November in the year 1860, I discovered a large batch of 
nests of this species fastened under an overhanging rock upon the banks of the Bell 
River. I counted upwards of one hundred nests, all built up together so closely that 
of many the entrances were alone visible, the nest itself being built round by others. 

" No Pardalotes were here to disturb them, and the Martins were flying to and from, 
the nests in great numbers, some carrying in grass for the linings, others busily employed 
in repairing the old and building new nests with the mud from the river's bank. Many 
also I found were brooding their eggs, and this gave me a good opportunity of procuring 
some specimens, which I did not fail to seize. There were usually from three to five 
eggs, but some nests contained seven. Many of the eggs were altogether white, others 
were spotted with light brownish yellow, occasionally all over, in other instances only 
at the larger end. They vary in length from 7 to 8J lines, and from 6 to 6^ lines in 

It is evident from the above note that Mr. Gould was mistaken in supposing that 
the present bird did not breed near Sydney, unless its emigration to the neighbourhood 
of the town has taken place since Mr. Gould visited Australia. Mr. Ramsay states that 
he has known the Fairy Cliff-Swallow to take possession of the upper story of some 
deserted house, along witli Rirundo frontalis, the PetrocheUdon building its long 
flask-shaped nests in clusters under the eaves, while the Swallow enters at the windows 
and takes possession of the cross-beams and rafters. He has seen both species breeding 
under the same roof at the Glebe, Sydney. 

We are indebted to Mr. E. P. Ramsay for photographs of a nesting colony of the 
present bird, from which Mr. Wyatt has drawn the accompanying Plate. The cluster of 
nests was fixed under a ledge of a bank on the Bell River, Wellington valley, and the 
photographs were taken at the end of September 1884. The bird figured is in the 
British Museum, and is the one described in the ' Catalogue of Birds.' 







Aninochelidon nigricans, Bald. J. f. O. 1869, p. 40(5. 

Petroclielidon nigricans, Skarpe, Voy. ' Alert,' p. 21 (1884) ; Sliarpe & Wyatt, 
Monogr. Hirund. pt. v. (1887) ; Ramsay, Tab. List Austr. B. p. 3 (1888) ; Buller, 
B. New Zeal. 2nd ed. i. p. 74 (1888) ; North, Cat. Nests & Eggs Austr. B. p. 32 
(1889) ; Salvad. Agg. Orn. Papuasia, ii. p. 69 (1889), iii. p. 225 (1891). 

Hirundo nigricans, Finsch, Vog. der Siidsee, p. 5 (1884). 

Mr. A. J. North has the following note : — " This species is to he found throughout the 
whole of Australia, Tasmania, and the southern portion of New Guinea. It arrives in 
New South Wales and Victoria in August, and leaves again at the latter end of 
February. It deposits its eggs, three in number, on the decayed wood of a hollow 
branch, or hole, of a tree. The ground-colour is of a pinky white, covered with minute 
freckles of light rusty brown, particularly towards the larger end, where, in some 
instances, interrupted with lilac spots, they form a zone. Others, again, are pure white 
with a few fine dots of light red. A set taken by Mr. K. H. Bennett at Mossgiel on 
the 16th of September, 1883, measure as follows:— (a) 0-73x0-53 inch; (b) 072 x 
0-54 inch ; (c) 0"68 X 0-54 inch. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 83 [Map]. 

PETROCHELIDON T I MOR IE N S I S [anted, p. 529]. 

Add :— 

Petrochelidon timoriensis, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. v. (1887). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 83 [Map]. 


Add :— 

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xiii. (1890). 
Petrochelidon lunifrons, Belding, Oec. Papers Calif. Acad. Sci. ii. p. 184 ; C. Hart 
Merriam, N.-Amer. Fauna, no. 3, p. 98 (1890), no. 5, p. 101 (1891) ; Macf. Pr. U. S. 
Nat. Mus. xiv. p. 443 (1891); Dwight, Auk, ix. p. 138 (1892); Attwater, t. c. 
p. 340 ; Lawrence, t. c. p. 356 ; Anthony, t. c. p. 366 ; Hatch, B. Minnesota, p. 351 
(1892) ; Fisher, N.-Amer. Fauna, no. 7, pt. 2, p. 110 (1893) ; Dwight, Auk, x. 
p. 12 (1893) ; Todd, t. c. p. 40 ; White, t. c. p. 226 ; Brimley, t. c. p. 243. 

Me. Maciaklane found the present species breeding at Fort Good Hope on the 
Mackenzie River, and numerously along the Lockhart and Anderson Rivers. 

Mr. Dwight says that it is a common bird in Prince Edward's Island during summer, 
but locally distributed, and nesting under the eaves of houses and barns. On Mackinac 
Island Mr. White records it as an abundant species. Mr. Dwight, in his p>aper on the 
summer birds of the Pennsylvania Alleghanies, observes that a colony of perhaps fifty 
nests was noticed under the eaves of a barn at Cresson, and another, smaller one, a 
few miles away. 

Mr. Brimley states that the species was tolerably common at Raleigh, in North 
Carolina, during the spring migration in 1889 and 1891. Mr. Attwater records it as an 
abundant summer resident at San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Anthony states that a few were 
seen in South-western New Mexico on the 30th of September. 

Mr. Belding gives the following notes in his paper on the birds of the Pacific 
District : — 

" One of the most abundant species in California. Arrives at San Diego in 
March and April. They built under the eaves of buildings here as they usually do in 
California, though many still nest in cliffs in different parts of the State. 

" Stockton, March; Murphy's, March (L. B.). 

" Poway. Common summer resident, April (April 12, nesting) to September [F. E. 

" Volcan Mountains, Santa Maria, April (IF. O. Emerson). 

"Julian, April (A. S. Goss). 

" San Bernardino. Abundant summer resident of valley and foothills. When I 
left Tucson I saw no Cliff-Swallows, Barn-Swallows, or Purple Martins. They are later 

migrants than the White-bellied and Violet-green Swallows, which had been going and 
coming for weeks (F. Stephens). 

" Agua Caliente, San Diego, April (F. Stephens). 

" Santa Cruz. Arrive March and April; common summer resident (J. Skirm). 

" San Jose, April to September (A. L. Farkhurst). 

" Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Abundant summer resident ( W. L. Bryant). 

"Hay wards, April; common (TV. O. Emerson). 

"Stockton, April; common (J. J. Snyder). 

" Berkeley. Common summer resident, April to August (T. S. Palmer). 

" Nicasio. First seen April 20, 1884 (G. A. Allen). 

" Sebastopol, April ; common (F. H. Holmes). 

" Marysville. Arrive March and April (W. F. Peacock). 

"Murphy's, March (J. J. Snyder). 

" Beaverton (A. W. Anthony). 

" Willamette Valley. Abundant in summer, breeding chiefly under eaves (O. B. 
Johnson) . 

" At Olympia a few flying about the streets in July ; rather scarce north of the 
Columbia River, 1860 (Cooper). 

" Fort Dalles. Moderately abundant ; makes its appearance in spring simultaneously 
with Tachycineta bicolor and T. thalassina, but not so numerous, 1860 (Suckley). 

" British Columbia, east of Cascades. Summer resident (John Fannin). 

" Camp Harney, Bendire. One of the most abundant summer residents. 

" Hoffman. Usually abundant in the vicinity of rivers and streams, and even large 

" Bidgway. Noticed along every portion of our route across the Great Basin, especially 
in the vicinity of rivers or lakes, or at settlements either large or small. 

" Cooper, 1870. In June I saw a flock of these birds busily catching young grass- 
hoppers on the dry hill-side, where these insects were swarming." 

Dr. A. K. Fisher, writing on the Death Valley Expedition, says : — " This widely 
distributed species was found breeding in various localities visited by the Expedition. 
In Nevada Dr. Merriam found a colony breeding in the canon at the lower end of Vegas 
Wash, May 3, and saw several at the head of the Colorado, May 4 ; he found it common 
in Bahranagat Valley, May 22-26, and in Oasis Valley, June 1. In Utah he saw 
a colony which was breeding near St. George, in the Lower Santa Clara Valley, where 
many nests were found on the red sandstone cliffs a mile or two from the settlement. 

" The Cliff-Swallow was common in Owen's Valley, California. It was seen along the 
edge of the Lake at Keeler, May 30 to June 1 ; at the mouth of the canon above Lone 
Bine, June 12 ; and Mr. Stephens found it common at Haway Meadows, May 12-14 ; 
abundant at Olancha, May 16-23 ; at Ash Creek, May 30 to June 3 ; breeding in the 
canon at Benton, July 9-10 ; and not common at the Queen Mine, Nevada, July 11-16. 
Mr. Nelson saw it on Willow Creek, in the Banamint Mountains, the last of May, and 


found it at the head of Owen's River, in the Sierra Nevada, up to 2100 metres (7000 feet) 
altitude. It was common in Kern Valley, July 3-13, and in Walker Basin, July 13-16. 
At the latter place a number of nests were found fastened against the ce ilin gs and walls 
of the rooms in several of the deserted buildings. Dr. Merriam found it breeding 
commonly at Kernville, under the eaves and piazzas of houses, June 23, and in the 
Canada de las Uvas, under the eaves of Old Eort Tejon, June 28-29. 

" At Twin Oaks, in Western San Diego County, he was shown a large sycamore, on the 
outside of which these Swallows used to fasten their nests, and was told that after heavy 
rains the nests were frequently washed down in great numbers. This species was 
common at Bakersfield, in the San Joaquin Valley, July 17-20 ; and Mr. Stephens 
found it not uncommon at Reche Caiion, near San Bernardino, September 22-24." 

In his paper on the birds of Gray's Harbour, Washington Territory, Mr. Lawrence 
says that he found the species nesting at the mouth of Lewis River, Clarke County, but 
never on the coast or Sound. 

For the geographical distribution of the present species, vide infra, Plate 113 [Map]. 

PETR0CHELID0N SWAINSONI [cmtea, P . 555]. 

Add .— 

Petrochelidon swainsoni, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. viii. (1888). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 84 [Map]. 

PETROCHELIDON FULVA [cmtea, P . 561]. 


Petrochelidon fulva, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. v. (1887) ; Cory, B. 
West Ind. p. 71 (1889) ; Scott, Auk, vii. pp. 261, 311 (1890) ; A. O. U. Check-1. 
Suppl. Auk, viii. p. 86 (1891) ; Cory, Cat. West Ind. B. p. 115 (1892) ; Scott, 
Auk, x. p. 181 (1893). 

Mr. W. E. D. Scott met with this species at Garden Key on the Dry Tortugas, off 
the coast of Florida, on the 22nd and 25th of March. Prom Jamaica the same 
naturalist writes as follows : — " An abundant resident species, especially near the 
coast., and not so common in the interior of the island. The caves in the faces of the 
cliffs along the shore were favourite roosting- and resting-places for this species, and 
probably the birds bred here later in the year. Hundreds could be seen about sunset 
retiring to these caves at Priestman's River." 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 102 [Map]. 



Petrochelidon ruficollaris, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. v. (1887). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 102 [Map]. 



Petrochelidon rufigula, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. v. (1887) ; Bocage, 
Jorn. Sc. Lish. (2) viii. pp. 257, 258 (1892). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 102 [Map]. 



Petrochelidon spilodera, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xiii. (1890). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 102 [Map]. 


Add: — 

Hirundo fluvicola, W. L. Sclater, Ibis, 1892, p. 73 ; Barnes, J. Bomb. N. H. Soc. 
iii. p. 205, iv. pp. 2, 83, 237, v. pp. 1, 97, 315, vi. pp. 1, 129 ; Oates, ed. Hume's 
Nests & Eggs Ind. B. ii. p. 191 (1890) ; id. Faun. Brit. Ind., Birds, ii. p. 280 

Petrochelidon fluvicola, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. viii. (1888). 

This species was originally described by Blyth from Bundelkund, but the type specimen 
is no longer to be found in the Calcutta Museum, as we are informed by Mr. W. L. 

The following additional notes on the nesting of the species appear in Mr. Oates's 
edition of Mr. Hume's ' Nest and Eggs of Indian Birds ' :— " Mr. Benjamin Aitken, 

4l 2 


relating his experiences of this Swallow, says : ' You remark that the Indian Cliff- 
Swallow builds its nests in clusters of from 20 to 200. It may therefore interest you to 
know that the only group of their nests I have observed consisted of about 600 nests. 
It was on the river at Akola, Berar, below the bund. There was a pool at the place, so 
that unless heavy rain had flooded the river the water was, in wet and dry season alike, 
breast-hi^h. The nests were therefore much more difficult of access than one would 
have supposed, looking at the almost dry condition of the channel below the bund. The 
lowest rows of nests Avere only a foot or so above the surface of the water, but on wading 
up I could not see into a single nest, and could not reach more than a few with my 
hand. The nests were placed under the wreck of an old bridge, and were quite inaccessible 
from above. The birds were occupied about their breeding twice a year, but either they 
had two broods each time or some of theui delayed much longer than others to lay their 
eggs. At any rate, the period between the time the flock returned to their breeding- 
place and the time when the old and young birds were scattered over the country was 
about two months. I regret that I was very negligent in making exact notes of their 
nidification ; the following are all I have : 

" ' 7th Jan., 1870. Young birds just fledged. 

" ' 17th Jan., 1870. Scores more have left the nest. 

" ' 22nd June, 1870. Swallows have come back to their nests in great numbers. 

" ' 5th Jan., 1871. Swallows breeding. 

" ' 9th Eeb., 1871. This morning I waded into the water and examined a number of 
the nests. I first put my fingers into those with short necks, and found them all empty. 
I then broke open five nests that had necks 6 inches long. Of these two were empty, 
but lined with straw, feathers, and rags ; two more contained young birds ; the fifth had 
three white eggs. It is worth recording that for some weeks past young birds have been 
leaving the nest, the old ones feeding them on the wing. The nests are made entirely 
of pellets of clay, all exactly alike and as large as dry peas. I lately watched about 
twenty of these Swallows building ; they took the mud from the edge of the water about 
ten yards from the nests, and were in a tremendous bustle. They took several pecks at 
the mud to make each pellet, and stayed five seconds on the ground each time.' 

" Colonel Butler says : — ' I have eggs of the Cliff-Swallow taken at Sattara in 1875. 
Some are pure white, the others are marked all over with pale yellowish brown.' 

"Capt. E. B. Shopland, I.M., found this Swallow breeding at Akyab. He says: — 
' I found about ten nests in April under a bridge ; some contained young birds, others 
fresh eggs. The nests were composed of mud and lined with grass, casuarina-leaves, and 
feathers. The greatest number of eggs in any one nest was four, and they were white 
speckled with tw T o shades of brown, chiefly round the larger end.' " 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide sv/prcb, Plate 85 [Map]. 

PETROCHELIDON ARIEL \antea, p. 585]. 

Petrochelidon ariel, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. iv. (1886). 
Lagenoplastes ariel, North, Cat. Nests & Eggs Austr. B. p. 32 (1889). 

Mr. North gives the following note : — " On September 29th, 1886, in company with 
Mr. Geo. Masters, we took a number of nests of this species at Chatsworth, on the 
Eastern Creek ; the eggs varied both in size, shape, and colour, some being white without 
markings of any kind, others being elongated and heavily marked with yellowish- 
brown spots; they measure as follows: — (a) - 67x0 - 47 inch; (b) - 69x0 - 48 inch; 
(c) 0-75x0-49 inch ; (d) 0-73x0-48 inch; (e) 0-68x0-47 inch. 

" During a visit to Dubbo, in August 1887, these birds arrived in great numbers, 
commencing to build on the 17th, and covering the eaves of the schools, churches, and 
public buildings with their cimoixsly retort-shaped nests." 

Eor the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 85 [Map]. 


■* — *- Migrator}-. 
■«-/-*■ Bird of passage. 
<_Q^, Remains locally during the winter. 

.«-A^» Transplanted. 

"Winter resident. 

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1. P. nigricans 

'2. P. timoriensis 

-j. P. pyrrlionota 

4. P. swainsoni 

5. P.fidva 

6. P. rufieollaris . . 

7. P. rufigula . . . . 
S. P. spilodera 

0. P. Jiuoicola . . . . 

10. P. m-ieZ 

Neavctic Region. 

Cold Temperate 



Warm Temperate 

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Arid Province. 

Neotropical Region. 


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Ethiopian Region. 

Indian Region. 




Australian Region. 

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Clavis generwm Psalidoprocninarum. 

A. Nigrse : nares longitudinales, operculo obtectfe 11. Psalidofrocne. 

B. Brunneae : nares rotundatse, obviae, operculo nullo 12. Stelgidoptf.ryx. 



Pscdidoprocne, Cab. Mus. Hem. Th. i. p. 48 (1850) P. holomelcena. 

Pristoptera, Bp. Rivist. Conteinp. Torino, 1857, p. 4 . ... P. pristoptera . 

Range. Confined to Africa. 

Clavis speciernm. 

a. Pileum dorso concolor. 

a'. Subalares pectori concolores vel viridi-lavatae. 
a" . Cauda furcata. 

a'". Virescenti-nigra : interscapulium velutino-nigrum : cauda 

brevior . . 1. holomelcena, p. 603. 

b'". Omnino nitide virescenti-nigra : interscapulium dorso 

reliquo concolor 2. obscura, p. 607. 

c"'. Similis praecedenti, sed chalybeo-olivascens 3. chalybea, p. 609. 

b". Cauda quadrata 4. nitens, p. 611. 

b' . Subalares albae vel fumosae, vel chocolatino-brunneae. 

c". Viridi-nigrae, aut nigrescentes, viridi-lavatae : gastrseum dorso 

d'". Subalares fumoso-brunneae 5. orientalis, p. 613. 

e". Subalares alba? 6. antinorii, p. 615. 

d". Supra chocolatino-brunneae : gastra3um dorso concolor. 

/'". Subalares pallide fumosae, interdum vix albicantes ... 7. petiti, p. 617. 
g" r . Subalares chocolatino-brunneae., pectori concolores ... 8. fuliginosa, p. 619. 
e". Supra chalybeo-cyanea : subalares albas 9. pristoptera, p. 621. 

b. Pileum album 10. albiceps, p. 624. 




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Hinmdo holomelas, Sundev. (Efv. K. Vet.-Akad. Eorh. Stockh. 1850, p. 108; 

Hartl. J. f. O. 1856, p. 360 ; Grill, Zool. Anteckn. p. 36 (1858) ; Layard, Ibis, 

1864, p. 134; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 70, no. 823 (1869). 
Attlcora hamigera, Cass. Proc. Philad. Acad. 1850, p. 57, pi. 12. 
Psalidoprocm cypseUna, Cab. Mus. Hein. Th. i. p. 48 (1850). 
Atticora holomelas, Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 6 (1882) ; Gurney, 

Ibis, 1863, p. 322 ; Layard, B. S. Afr. p. 57 (1867) ; id. Ibis, 1869, p. 72 ; Ayres, 

Ibis, 1876, p. 424. 
Psalkloprocne holomela, Bp. Rivist. Contemp., Torino, 1857, p. 4. 
Psalidoprocne holomelcena, Sclater, P.Z.S. 1864, p. 108; Slaarpe, P.Z.S. 1870, p. 288 

(pt.) ; id. Cat. Afr. B. p. 45 (1871, pt.) ; Shelley, Ibis, 1875, p. 67 ; Barratt, Ibis, 

1876, p. 204 ; Salvin, Cat. Strickl. Coll. p. 152 (1882) ; Shelley, P. Z. S. 1882, 

p. 306 ; Sharpe, ed. Layard's B. S. Afr. p. 356 (1883) ; id. Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. 

x. p. 202 (1885). 
Atticora holomelcena, Fischer, Zeitschr. ges. Orn. i. p. 358 (1884). 

Ps. nitenti-viridis, dorso quasi velutino vel fuscescenti-viridi, oleagino lavato ; pileo dorso concolori ; 
subalaribus pectori coucoloribus ; Cauda furcata.. 

Hab. in Africa meridionali et oriental!. 

Adult male. Above dark greenish black, with scarcely any gloss, the centre of the back velvety greenish 
black ; quills deep black with a slight greenish gloss, the outer web of the first primary distinctly 
serrated ; tail dark greenish black, long, and deeply forked : " bill black ; nostrils large and 
oval; tarsi and feet dusky pale; iris very dark brown" (T. Ayres); "legs purplish brown, 
shading off into flesh-colour on the back of the tarsus and soles of the feet" (G. E. Shelley). 
Total length 5 - 4 inches, culmen - 3, wing 4 - l, tail 3 - 0, tarsus - 3. 

Adult female. Similar to the male, but smaller and somewhat more dusky, the outer edge of the first 
primary smooth and not serrated, and the tail less forked. 

Young. Much more dusky than the adults and not so plainly glossed with green. 

Hab. From the Knysna districts in the Cape Colony eastwards to Natal, and thence northwards as far 
as the Zanzibar region in Eastern Africa. 

Although of a stouter build than the Rough-winged Swallow of Western Africa, the 
present species has a considerably shorter tail, and looks at first sight to be the lesser 

bird of the two. It may be recognized by the velvety black of the back, this being 
glossv green in P. obscura of West Africa. 

This is probably the "Martinet velocifere" of Levaillant's ' Oiseaux d'Afrique ' 
(v. p. 147, pi. 244. fig. 2), named by Vieillot Sir undo velox (N. Diet. xiv. p. 533). As 
Professor Sundevall has already pointed out in his critique on Levaillant's work (Krit. 
Erarnst. Levaill. p. 51) there is no known Swift whicb answers to the description given 
by the French traveller, and it is probable that he saw this Swallow in South Africa and 
drew the figure from memory. 

In the Cape Colony it appears to be resident at least for the greater part of the 
year. The late Mr. C. J. Andersson met with it at the Knysna in January; Victorin 
procured it there in March and April, and again from July to November. In other 
parts of the Colony it may be more or less migratory, as Mr. L. C. Layard notices its 
arrival at Grootevadersbosch, in the Swellendam district, on the 5th of September. This 
seems to be the most easterly range recorded for the species. 

Mr. E. L. Layard writes : — " This little Swallow first fell under our notice on the 
Keurboom's River, Knysna district, where we saw it apparently breeding in holes in the 
banks, but were unable to investigate its doings more closely. We found it abundantly 
in the forest, hawking after flies over pools, frequently dipping into the water, and 
perching on the overhanging boughs in clusters of six or eight, to dry themselves. Their 
habit of perching is noted by Mr. Cairncross, who writes : — ' This bird flies about very 
much like a bat (this resemblance also occurred to us when we saw it), amongst thick 
forests, and is generally more visible in rainy, heavy weather ; but I have never seen or 
heard of their breeding here (Swellendam). They remain here after the winter has set 
in. Sometimes I have seen them roost on trees at the bottom of my garden, where I 
shot the specimen sent.' " 

Mr. Layard also states that it is found throughout the wooded districts of the 
Eastern province. He saw it near Grahamstown, the Kowie, Eish River bush, &c. In 
the British Museum is a nestling obtained by Mr. E. C. Rickard at Bat's Cove, near 
East London, in December, showing that the species breeds in that neighbourhood 
during the latter month. Captain Trevelyan has also procured it in the Peri bush near 

Mr. Thomas Ayres says that in Natal this species is common all the year round, but 
he thinks not immediately on the coast. " They are generally to be seen two or three 
together, searching for insects about the bushy valleys, and occasionally, though not 
often, alighting to rest on some dead bough. Their food consists of minute beetles and 
other insects." 

Captain Shelley, during his three months' trip to South Africa, found the present 
species very plentiful about Pinetown, and occasionally to be met with at Durban. It 
is a woodland bird, usually seen in small flocks, often perching on boughs on the shady 
side of large trees. They appear to avoid the glare of the midday sun, feeding mostly 
in the evening, often long after sunset. Mr. T. Ayres noticed the species in the Lyden- 


burg district of the Eastern Transvaal ; and Mr. F. A. Barratt procured specimens at 
Rustenburg and Macaniac, where he says the species was rather scarce, and the ones 
obtained were shot by him as they flew up and down in the open spaces in the forest. 

Nothing further is known of the range of the species in South Africa, but it appears 
in the Zanzibar district in Eastern Africa, as Sir John Kirk sent a specimen from 
Mambolo to Captain Shelley, who has kindly allowed us to examine it, and there can be 
no doubt that it is identical with the South-African species. Dr. Eischer has likewise 
procured a specimen at Maurui in Masai-land, in January, and it is possible that the 
"black Swallow" noticed by Colonel Grant in his 'Walk across Africa,' along with 
Psalidoprocne albiceps in Usinza, may have been of the present species, though at the 
same time it may bave been the young of P. albiceps. 

The descriptions are taken from specimens in the British Museum, the figure in the 
Plate being drawn from a Natal skin in the latter collection. 


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Atticora obscura, Temrn. MSS. in Mus. Lugd., unde 

Atticora obscura, Hartl. J. f. O. 1855, p. 35 ; id. Orn. Westafr. p. 26 (1857) ; id. 

J. f. O. 1861, p. 103. 
Hirundo obscura, Hartl. J. f. O. 1855, p. 360; Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 71, no. 831 

Atticora holomelas, Hartl. Orn. Westafr. p. 25 (1857, nee Sundev.). 
Psalidoprocne holomeloena, Sharpe, P. Z. S. 1870, p. 288 (pt. ) ; id. Ibis, 1870, p. 179 ; 

id. Cat. Afr. B. p. 45 (1871, pt.) ; Shelley & Buckley, Ibis, 1872, p. 288; Ussher, 

Ibis, 1874, p. 61 ; Eeichen. J. f. 0. 1S75, p. 67. 
Psalidoprocne obscura, Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 203 (1885). 

Ps. supra nitenti-viridis ; pileo dorso coneolore ; subalaribus pectori concoloribus ; Cauda furcata. 
Hab. in Africa occidentali cis-cquatoriali. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy bottle-green; tbe bead like tbe back; tbe rump and upper tail- 
coverts -with somewhat of a steel-blue appearance ; lesser and median wing-coverts like tbe back ; 
greater coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills blackish, washed externally with glossy 
green like tbe back; tail-feathers blackish, slightly washed with green; lores velvety black; 
cheeks, ear-coverts, and entire under surface of body glossy bottle-green like the upper surface ; 
axillaries and under wing-coverts smoky brown with a slight greenish wash ; quills dusky brown 
below. Total length 6*9 inches, culmen 0-25, wing 3'85, tail 4*1, tarsus 0-35. 

Adult female. Similar in colour to the male, but smaller, and having the outer edge of the first primary 
smooth, not serrated. Total length 5'1 inches, culmeu 0-25, wing 3'45, tail 3, tarsus 0-35. 

Young. Sooty brown with a greenish wash on the back ; below dull sooty brown ; gape yellow. 

Hab. Gold Coast, West Africa. 

This is the West-African representative of Psalidoprocne holomela?na, with which 
species we at one time united it. Subsequent study, however, with a larger series of 
specimens, has induced us to alter our previous opinion, and we now believe that the 
West-African Bottle-green Swallow is distinct from its South-African representative. It 
is glossy green, instead of being dull bottle-green with a greenish-black mantle, this last 
character being very marked in Ps. holomelcena. 



The range of this species appears to be limited to the Gold Coast, where, according 
to Messrs. Shelley and Buckley (Ibis, 1872, p. 288), it " is very plentiful tbroughout the 
country, especially in the more wooded districts, where during the heat of the day 
flocks may be seen sitting together on the more shaded dead boughs of the large trees, 
and may frequently be met with after the sun lias set, still in pursuit of insects." 
Governor Ussher gives similar information, but adds : — " I have observed them also in 
considerable numbers in the morning, collecting in bare gravelly places, and lying on the 
ground enjoying the morning sun." Mr. Blissett forwarded us examples from the 
Province of Wasa. 

The figure in the Plate has been drawn from a specimen in Capt. Shelley's 
collection, the description being taken from the ' Catalogue of Birds in the British 



Psalidoprocne chalybea, Reichen. Ber. AUg. deutsch. orn. Ges., Sept. 1892, p. 6. 

P. similis P. obscurce, sed nitore chalybeo olivascente distinguenda. 

Hab. in moiitibus Cameronensibus Africa; occidentalis. 

Adult. Similar to P. obscura, but distinguished by its steely-olive colour. Black, with a greenish, steel 
gloss, the back shining olive-green ; the under surface of the body duller ; under wing-coverts 
ashy brown ; tail forked. 

Hab. Mount Victoria, Carueroons, West Africa. 

This Swallow we have not seen, and the ahove descriptions are copied from Dr. Reiche- 
now' s original paper. 

The species was discovered in the Cameroon Mountains on Mount Victoria by 
Dr. Preuss, and the type is in the Berlin Museum. 

Eor the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 113 [Map]. 

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Atticora nitens, Cass. Proc. Acad. Philad. 1857, p. 38 ; Hartl. Orn. Westafr. p. 2G2 

(1857) ; Cass. Proc. Philad. Acad. 1859, p. 33 ; Du Chaillu, Equat. Afr. p. 472 

Hirunclo nitens, Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 71, no. 831 (18G9). 
Psalidoprocne nitens, Sharpe, P. Z. S. 1870, p. 291 ; id. P. Z. S. 1871, p. 010 ; id. 

Ibis, 1872, p. 90; Ussber, Ibis, 1871', p. 61; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. 

p. 204 (1885). 

P. viridi-nigra : gula fuscescenti-griseit : dorso pileo concolore : subalaribus pectori coucoloribus : caudtl 
Laud furcata. 

Hub. in Africa occidentali. 

Adult male. General colour above glossy bottle-green or greenisb black ; lesser wing-coverts like the 
back ; remainder of wing-coverts, quills, and tail-feathers black, edged with bottle-green ; lores 
velvety black ; sides of face, ear-coverts, cheeks, and under surface of body glossy bottle-green, 
the under wing-coverts black glossed with green ; quills blackish below ; throat sooty grey. 
Total length 4-3 inches, cuknen 0-25, wing 3'85, tail 193, tarsus 0\3. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour, but wanting the saw-like edge to the first primary. 

Hab. West Africa, from the Gold Coast to the Congo. 

We know so little of this species from the Gold Coast that a larger series of specimens 
will have to be examined before it can be ascertained for certain whether the square- 
tailed Psalidojyrocne from that region is really of the same species as the typical 
P. nitens of Gaboon. At first sight it would appear that the individuals from the 
Cameroons, Gaboon, and the Congo region differed in having the throat smoky brown 
instead of greenish black, like the breast ; but the British Museum bas a specimen from 
the Muni River in Gaboon which appears to agree precisely with others from the Gold 
Coast, and on that account we have not separated the two forms specifically. 

Erom the other species of Psalidojjrocne the present one is easily recognized by its 
square tail. It was first discovered by M. DuChaillu on the Muni and Ogowe rivers in 
Gaboon, and it extends to the Congo region, as specimens collected at Landana by 
M. Petit are in the British Museum. It is likewise known from the Cameroons, where 
the late Mr. Crossley met with it in January, and our late friend Governor Ussher found 
it on the Gold Coast. He writes : — " Not uncommon in the morning on the gravelly 


slopes of Fort Victoria and the other eminences round Cape-Coast Castle, where it 
appears to bask in the sun, taking short flights among the surrounding bushes. It is 


The descriptions and figures are taken from specimens in the British Museum. Both 
forms of variation in plumage are shown in the Plate. 

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? Atticora holomelama, Eischer, J. f. 0. 1889, p. 277. 
Psalidoprocne petiti orientalis, Reichen. J. f . O. 1889, p. 277. 
Psalidoprocne petiti (nee Sh. & B.), Shelley, P. Z. S. 1889, p. 359. 
Psalidoprocne orientalis, Sharpe, Ibis, 1892, p. 306; Reichen. Jahrb. Hanab. Wiss. 
Anst. x. p. 16 (1893). 

P. similis P. petiti et subalaribus fuinosis, seel nitore viridescente nee chocolatino distingueuda. 

Hab. in Africa orientali. 

Adult male. General colour above and below dull black with a steel-green gloss ; median and greater 
wing-coverts, quills, and tail-feathers black, externally glossed with steel-green ; under wing- 
coverts smoky brown : " bill black ; feet brown ; iris brown " (F. J. Jackson) . Total length 
6 - 5 inches, culmen 0"25, wing 4 - 5, tail 1"9, longest feathers 3'8, tarsus - 35. 

Adult female. Similar to the male, but without any serrations on the outer web of the first primary. 
Total length 6 inches, wing 41, tail T55, longest feathers 4"1. 

Dr. Reichenow originally described the present species from Lewa, in the Usambara 
Hills, where it was discovered by Dr. Stnhlrnann on the 25th of September. A young 
bird was subsequently procured by Mr. Hunter, in Taveta, and was identified by 
Captain Shelley as Psalidoprocne petiti, to which species the browner shade of tbe 
immature plumage of P. orientalis bears some resemblance. Specimens were procured 
by Mr. E. J. Jackson in the Sotik Country at the end of August 1889, and again on 
Mount Elgon, at a height of from 7000 to 8000 feet, in Eebruary 1890. Mr. Jackson 
has the following note : — " Found a colony of these birds breeding inside a large cave. 
The nest was made entirely of Orchella-^veed, placed inside small recesses in the sides of 
the cave. The eggs were two, pure white." 

In our paper on Mr. Jackson's East-African collection, we stated our opinion that 
the present species was quite distinct from P. petiti, and was fully entitled to specific 
rank. In this opinion we are glad to see that Dr. Reichenow now concurs. 

The late Colonel Grant in his journal had the following note, which he communi- 
cated to us in 1870 : — " Usui, Central Africa, October 16, 1861. Black Swallow with 

4m 2 

white forehead' and throat under the jaw, with forked tail. Black Swallow, smaller." 
The first of these species was P. albiceps, Sclater, hut the second has never heen 
identified; it may have heen only the young of P. albiceps, or, again, it may have been 
P. orientalis. Colonel Grant says that they were both seen together about scarped 
rocks, which certainly favours the first proposition. 

The descriptions, as well as the figures on the Plate, have been taken from the pair 
of birds procured by Mr. Jackson on Mount Elgon. 

The specimen from Maurui, recorded by Dr. Fischer as Atticora holomelcena, was 
probably of the present species. TVe have, unfortunately, not been able to trace the 
bird in question, as Dr. E,eichenow informs us that it is not in Berlin. He thought 
that it might be in the Hamburg Museum, but Dr. Kraeppelin tells us that it is not in 
that collection. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide supra, Plate 113 [Map]. 



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Psalidoprocne antinoril, Salvad. Ann. Mus. Civic. Genov. (2) i. p. 123 (1884) ; 
Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 205 (1885). 

P. pileo dorso concolore : subalaribus albis. 

Hab. in Africa septentrionali-orientali usque ad provinciam Zambesiauiam. 

Adult. General colour above sooty brown with a greenish gloss ; wing-coverts like the back ; quills and 
tail-feathers brown, externally glossed with greenish ; crown of head, sides of face, and under 
surface of body sooty brown, excepting the under wing-coverts and axillaries, which are pure 
white; quills ashy below : " bill black, feet dusky, iris dusky" [Antinori) . Total length 5 inches, 
culmen 025, wing 3"9, tail 2T, tarsus O3o. 

The typical specimen from Shoa measured as follows : — Total length 5 - 5 inches, culmen 0"25, 
wing 4'15, tail 2'95, tarsus 0"35. 

Hab. Eastern Africa, from Shoa to the Zambesi. 

Antinori's Swallow is closely allied to P. petith and P. fuliginosa, but is easily distin- 
guishable by its white under wing-coverts and axillaries. In this respect it resembles 
P. prlstoptera, but is sooty brown instead of blue. 

It was discovered in Shoa by the late Marquis Antinori, at a place called Denz, on 
the 27th of May, 1880 ; and in a small parcel of birds presented to the British Museum 
by Sir John Kirk in 1884 (a remnant of his collections made during the Livingstone 
Expedition on the Zambesi and Shire rivers) there was a damaged skin of this Swallow. 
It is probable, therefore, that it inhabits the whole of the interior of Eastern Africa 
from Shoa to the northern shores of the Zambesi. 

The description is taken from Sir John Kirk's specimen, and the figure has been 
drawn by Mr. Wyatt from the type specimen, which was sent to England by our friend 
Count Salvadori. 



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Pscdicloprocne petit i, Skarpe & Bouvier, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, i. p. 38, pi. ii. 
(1876) ; Oustalet, Bull. Soc. Philora. (7) i. p. 106 (1877) ; Bocage, Orn. Angola. 
p. 188 (1881); Oustalet, Nouv. Arch. Mus. (2) ii. p. 96 (1879); Sharpe, Cat. Birds 
in Brit. Mus. x. p. 204 (1885). 

Ps. supra fumoso-nigra ; capite dorso concolore; subalaribus et axillaribus fumoso-albis. 
Hab. in Africa occidentali trans-equatoriali. 

Adult male (type of species). General colour above sooty black ; lesser and median wing-coverts like the 
back ; greater coverts, bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills black ; tail-feathers black ; lores 
velvety black ; cheeks, ear-coverts, and under surface of body sooty black like the upper surface ; 
under wing-coverts and axillaries pale smoky brown ; quills dusky below, browner along the 
inner web: "eyes black" [Petit). Total length 5'8 inches, culmen 0\25, wing 4"05, tail 2 - 9, 
tarsus 0'35. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour, but wanting the serrated edge to the outer web of the first 
primary. Total length 5 - 2 inches, culmen 0\25, wing 3'55, tail 2'5, tarsus 04. 

Young. Similar to the adult, but not so glossy; below much paler and more earthy brown. 

Hub. West Africa; from the Congo to Gaboon. 

This species was discovered by Mr. Louis Petit at Landana on the Congo, and was also 
met with by Dr. Lucan at Chinchonxo in the same district and about the same time. 
We have recently seen several specimens also collected by Mr. Petit in the Congo region. 
Dr. Oustalet records a specimen from Sam-Quita in Gaboon, where it was obtained by 
the well-known traveller Marche on the 18th of December 1875. 

Of all the rough-winged Swallows of Africa this is one of the most distinct, being 
distinguished by the pale smoky-brown axillaries and under wing-coverts. The nearest 
ally is Ps. cmtmorii, which, however, has the under wing-coverts pure white. 

The figure in the Plate is drawn from a specimen in the British Museum, and the 
descriptions are taken from the ' Catalogue of Birds.' 

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Psalidoprocne fuligmosa, Shelley, P. Z. S. 1887, p. 123. 

P. suprtl saturate chocolatina : pileo dorso concolore : subalaribus chocolatino-brunneis. 
Hab. in Africa occidentali. 

Adult male. General colour above dark chocolate-brown, the head being like the back, the lores velvety 
black ; bastard-wing, primary-coverts, quills, and tail rather blacker ; entire under surface of 
body also chocolate-brown, the under wing-coverts somewhat lighter and more smoky brown. 
Total length 5 - 2 inches, culinen 025, wing 4"2, tail 2 - 5, tarsus 0*35. 

Hab. Mountains of the Cameroons district, West Africa. 

This species was discovered by the well-known African traveller Mr. II. H. Johnston 
in the Cameroons Mountains, at a height of 9000 feet. Captain Shelley mentions a 
female bird as having been procured by Mr. Johnston ; but in our opinion both speci- 
mens are males, the rough edge of the wing being a little less pronounced in one than 
in the other. 

The description and figure are both taken from the typical specimen in the British 

Mm.fcern.BTOS imp.. 




Hirundo pristoptera, Hupp. Neue Wirb. Taf. 39. fig. 2 (1835). 

Hirundo {Chelklon) pristoptera, Hupp, t. c. p. 105 (1835). 

Atticora albiscapulata, Boie, Isis, 1844, p. 172 (ex Riipp. MSS.) ; Gray, Hand-1. B. 

i. p. 75, no. 801 (1809). 
Chelklon pristoptera, Itiipp. Syst. Uebers. p. 22 (1815). 
Atticora pristoptera, Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 58 (1845); id. Cat. Eissir. Brit. Mus. p. 21 

(1848) ; Bp. Consp. i. p. 337 (1850) ; Heugl. J. f. O. 1801, p. 420, 1803, p. 4 ; 

Brehm, Reis. Habescb, p. 208 (1803); Einsch, Trans. Zool. Soc. vii. p. 217 

Chelklon (?) pristoptera, Heugl. Syst. Uebers. p. 17 (1850). 
Pristoptera typica, Bp. Rivist. Contemp., Torino, 1S57, p. 4. 
Psalkloprocne pristoptera, Sclater, P. Z. S. 1804, p. 109 ; Heugl. Orn. N.O.-Afr. i. 

p. 148 (1809) ; Blanf. Geol. & Zool. Abyss, p. 349 (1870) ; Sharpe, P. Z. S. 1870, 

p. 290 ; Antin. & Salvad, Viagg. Bogos, p. 71 (1873) ; Salvad. Ann. Mus. Civic. 

Genov. (2) i. p. 123 (1884) ; Sbarpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 205 (1885). 

Ps. orunino chalybeo-niger ; subalaribus et axillaribus albis. 
Had. iu Africa septentrionali-occidentali. 

Adult. Above glossy blue-black, with a greenish tinge on the wings and tail; quills greenish black, the 
inner web dusky ; tail much forked, greenish black above, dusky underneath ; under surface of 
the body glossy blue-black ; under wing-coverts and axillaries white : "bill black; feet and iris 
dusky" {Von Heuglin). Total length 5*5 inches; of bill from front 6, from gape 0'4; wing 0*4, 
tail 3 ; tarsus G"35, middle toe - 4, hind toe 02, lateral toes - 25. 

The adult female, according to Von Heuglin and Salvadori, does not differ from the male. 

Hah. Confined to the mountains of North-eastern Africa, from Bogos Land through Abyssinia to Shoa 
and Galla Land. 

This very distinct species of Rougb-winged Swallow was discovered by the late 
Dr. Riippell during bis travels in Abyssinia in tbe early part of tbe present century: 
It is easily recognized from all other species of the genus JPsalidoprocne by its white 
under wing-coverts and blue coloration. 

Riippell found it in tbe province of Semien, in Abyssinia, where he says that it was 
building its nest in the crevices of rocks in the valleys, a statement at variance with the 

experience of Dr. Von Heuglin (vide infra). Mr. Blanford states that he shot but one 
specimen of the bird in Abyssinia, at Dongolo in Tigre, at a height of 6500 feet above 
the sea. He saw it occasionally both on the highlands and in the Anseba valley, but 
never below 4000 feet elevation. Mr. Jesse, during the British expedition to Abyssinia, 
procured a specimen at Rayray-guddy in the last-named country, and met with the 
species again at Bejook in Bogos Land. The late Marquis Antinori likewise procured 
specimens at Keren in Bogos Land, in May. He states that a little flock of eight 
individuals appeared about the middle of May, and stayed for some days in the moun- 
tains near Keren, but they disappeared soon afterwards, and he did not see any during 
the succeeding months : he believes the species to be rare to the north of Abyssinia. 

The late Baron Von Heuglin gives the following account of the species as observed 
by him : — " It is migratory in Abyssinia, and appears in Galla Land, in Central and 
Northern Abyssinia (as far north as 17° N. lat.), at the end of April and the beginning 
of May. It then lives in pairs in the mountain valleys at a height of from 4000 to 
10,000 feet. It sings during flight and when perched on the dead tops of trees, after 
the manner of the Chimney-Swallow ; and about the beginning of July it makes its nest 
in horizontal holes, from about one to three feet in depth, these being apparently 
excavated by the birds themselves. These holes are found in steep banks of wild 
rivulets and gorges, generally singly, never more than two or three together, each nest 
being in a separate hole. The alluvium in which they are placed is often so hard that 
it is with the greatest difficulty that the nest can be drawn out entire into the daylight. 
The nest is large, flat, and tolerably artistically woven together with blades of grass, and 
lined with finer substances. I found two eggs, very thin-shelled and pure white in 
colour ; the length was 8{"', and the diameter 5"'-S. The birds undoubtedly have two 
broods in the season. 

" I never saw this species on the White or Blue Niles, nor in any part of the east 
Soudan province. It is seen along mountain torrents and pasture-lands, and on rocks, 
and occasionally rests on the dead branches of the lower trees. Its flight is generally 
high and swift. 

" Riippell says that this Swallow places its nest in crevices of rocks, whereas I 
myself, as mentioned above, only knew them as building in holes, and I had a good many 
opportunities of observing their nesting-places." The late Marquis Antinori obtained 
two specimens in Shoa at Sciotalit in March, and in the forests of Fecherie-Ghem in 

The description and figure of this bird are both taken from Mr. BJanford's Dongolo 
specimen in the British Museum. 

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Psalkloprocne albiceps, Sclater, P. Z. S. 1864, p. 108, pi. xiv. ; Heugl. Om. N.O.-Afr. 

p. 147 (1869) ; Sharpe, P. Z. S. 1870, p. 291 ; id. Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 206 

(1885) ; Shelley, P. Z. S. 18S8, p. 40. 
Psalkloprocne obsctira? (nee Teinni.), Heugl. Orn. N.O.-Afr. i. p. 14S (1869). 
Atticora albiceps, Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 73, no. 862 (1879) ; Einsch & Hartl. Vog. 

Ostafr. p. 133 (1869). 

P. viridi-nigricans : pileo gulaque albis. 
Hab. in Africa sequatoriali. 

Adult male. General colour above sooty black glossed with olive-green ; wing-coverts like the back ; 
quills and tail blackish, externally glossed with olive-green ; crown of head white as far as the 
nape ; lores, eyelid, feathers behind the eye, and ear-coverts sooty black ; cheeks and feathers 
below the eye white, extending over the fore part of the ear-coverts ; entire throat white ; 
remainder of under surface of body sooty black with an olive-green gloss ; under wing-coverts 
and axillaries light smoky brown ; quills below dusky brown, somewhat lighter along the inner 
edge. Total length 6 inches, culmen O2o, wing -i'2, tail 2 - 9, tarsus 035. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour, but wanting the saw-like edge to the first primary. Total 
length 5 - 4 inches, culmen 0'25, wing 3 - 85, tail 2"4, tarsus 0'35. 

Young male. Like the adults, but has the head and throat sooty black, slightly mixed with a few white 

Hab. Equatorial Africa, from Usui to Wadelai. 

Colonel Grant discovered the present species during his celebrated expedition with 
Captain Speke through Equatorial Africa. In his journal he has the following note, 
with which he has favoured us : — " Usui, Central Africa, Oct. 16, 1861. Black Swallow 
with white forehead and throat under the jaw, with forked tail. Black Swallow, smaller. 
Seen together about scarped rocks ; at least it was here that I first observed them." One 
specimen was brought home in spirits, and was described by Dr. Sclater, and figured in 
the ' Proceedings ' of the Zoological Society ; it was afterwards presented to the British 
Museum, and it is much to be regretted that it was not immediately preserved as a skin. 
In 1870, when we were Arriting on African Swallows, the specimen could not be found; 
but on the removal and re-arrangement of the national collections at South Kensington, 
we discovered the specimen in its original bottle of spirits, but too much deteriorated to 



admit of its being made into a skin for scientific purposes. It will be noticed that 
Colonel Grant mentions a second kind of Swallow as observed by him along with 
P. albiceps at Usui. This bird has given rise to all kinds of conjectures as to the species 
observed bv the travellers. Drs. Einsch and Hartlaub susre'ested that Grant's smaller 
black Swallow might possibly be Psalidoprocne obscura, and the late Baron von Heuglin 
appears to have had scarcely any doubt on the subject ; but we were careful to suggest 
in 1870 that it was just as likely to have been the female of P. albiceps. 

Nearly thirty years elapsed since Colonel Grant shot the first specimen of the 
White-headed Swallow before examples of the species were again obtained. It is to 
Emin Pasha that we owe its rediscovery, for he forwarded in 1887 to the British Museum 
three specimens procured by him in the neighbourhood of Wadelai. An adult male, 
killed on the 28th of June, is in worn plumage and is moulting, as is also a female 
obtained on the 5th of July. The white feathers on the crown in the latter specimen 
are so much abraded that the dusky bases of the feathers show through on the sinciput 
and hinder crown, and give the head a spotted appearance. 

The young bird, obtained by Emin Pasha in December, is uniformly smoky black, 
but has a good many white feathers on the crown and throat. Before the white feathers 
appear, it is evident that the young birds must be perfectly uniform, and it is most 
likely that the smaller black Swallow observed by Colonel Grant was the young of 
P. albiceps, which would probably be flying about with the parent birds in October, as 
Emin Pasha's specimen is only beginning to assume the adult plumage early in 
December. The young bird in its uniform plumage bears some resemblance to the 
adult of P. holomelcena ; but it is altogether a browner bird, and has not the bottle-green 
gloss which distinguishes the last-named bird at all seasons. 

The figures in the Plate represent an adult and a young bird. They have been 
drawn from the specimens sent by Emin Pasha, and the descriptions have been taken 
from the same individuals. 





Add .— 

Psalidoprocne holomelcena, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. iii. (1886). 

Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 123 [Map]. 


Add :— 

Psalidoprocne obscura, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. i. (1885) ; Reichen. 
J. f. O. 1891, p. 381. 

Recorded from Togo Land by Dr. Reichenow. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 121 [Map]. 


Add: — 

Psalidoprocne. nitens, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. vii. (1888) ; Reichen. 
J. f. O. 1890, p. 117. 

Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 123 [Map]. 


Add: — 

Psal'uloprocne antinorii, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. vi. (1887). 

Mr. Alexander Whyte procured an adult female of this species at Zomba in Nyassa 
Land in January. 

For the geographical distribution of this sj>ecies, vide infra, Plate 123 [Map]. 

PSALIDOPROCNE PETITI [anteh, p. 617]. 

Psalidoprocne petiti, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. vii. (1888) ; Reichen. 

J. f. 0. 1887, p. 300; Bocage, Jorn. Sc. Lisb. (2) viii. p. 258 (1892). 

It is the young birds which have the smoky-brown under wing-coverts most pronounced. 
Some of the old males in the British Museum collection have them' nearly white, 
resembling those of P. antinorii. The latter species, however, is green not brown in 
general shade. 

Professor Barboza du Bocage states tbat the present species has been obtained at 
Quindumbo in Angola by Senhor Anchieta. 

Mr. Bolmdorff met with it at Manyanga on the Lower Congo between Vivi and 
Stanley Pool. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 124 [Map]. 


Add :— 

Psalidoprocne fuliginosa, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. vii. (1888) ; Reiehen. 
J. f. O. 1890, p. 118. 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 121 [Map]. 



Psalidoprocne pristoptera, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. iii. (18S6). 

For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 123 [Map]. 

Add :— 

Psalidoprocne albiceps, Eeichen. J. f. O. 1887, p. 62 ; Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. 

Hirund. pt. vii. (1888); Jackson, Ibis, 1889, p. 581; Emm, J. f. O. 1891, 

pp. 343, 345 ; Hartl. Abbandl. nat. Ver. Bremen, p. 31 (1891) ; Sharpe, Ibis, 1892, 

p. 306. 

Found by Dr. Fischer at Ugaia, east of tbe Victoria Nyanza, and at Kawanga, to the 
N.E. of the Lake. Emin Pasha met with it at Bukoba in November and December, and 
on the island of Kassarasi in October. Dr. Stuhlmann procured specimens at Mjonjo 
in Uganda in January. Mr. F. J. Jackson brought examples of this pretty Swallow from 
Makarungu, where he met with tbem in January and February. He says that it was 
plentiful in Ukambani. 

For tbe geographical distribution of the present species, vide infra, Plate 124 [Map]. 



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Range. North America, not extending into the high north. The whole of Central America, and South 
America to Bolivia and Southern Brazil. 

Clavis specierum. 

a. Jugulum cinerascenti-bruuneum, forsan rufo tinctum : gastneum imum pure 

album 1. serripennis, p. 635. 

b. Jugulum rufesceus : abdomen sulphurascens : subcaudales albse vel pallide 
L flavte, brunneo subterminaliter notata;. 

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Hirundo serripennis, Audub. Orn. Biogr. iv. p. 593 (1838) ; id. B. N. Amer. 8vo, i. 
p. 193, pi. 51 (1840) ; Maynard, B. East. N. Amer. p. 70 (1881). 

Cotyle serripennis, Boie, Isis, 1841, p. 170 ; Bp. Consp. i. p. 312 (1850) ; Cass. Cat. 
Hiruud. Mus. Philad. Acad. p. 11 (1856) ; id. 111. B. Calif. & Texas, p. 247 
(1856) ; ScL & Salv. Ibis, 1859, p. 13 ; G. C. Taylor, Ibis, 1860, p. Ill ; Baird, 
Cass., & Lawr. B. N. Amer. p. 313 (1860) ; Owen, Ibis, 1861, p. 61 ; Scl. Cat. 
Araer. B. p. 41 (1862) ; Coues, Ibis, 1865, p. 163 ; Dresser, t. c. p. 479 ; Brown, 
Ibis, 1868, p. 421 ; Cooper, Orn. Calif, p. 110 (1870). 

Cotyle fulvipennis, Scl. P. Z. S. 1859, p. 361 ; id. & Salv. Ibis, 1860, p. 31 ; Scl. Cat. 
Amer. B. p. 41 (1862). 

Stelgiclopteryx serripennis, Baird, B. N. Amer. p. 312 (1858) ; id. Preview Amer. B 
p. 314 (1865) ; Coues, Key N. Amer. B. p. 114 (1872) ; Scl. & Salv. Nomencl 
Av. Neotr. p. 15 (1873) ; Coues, B. N.-West, p. 90 (1874) ; Baird, Brewer, & 
Ridgw. Hist. N. Amer. B. i. p. 350, pi. 16. fig. 12 (1874) ; Ridgw. Rep. Surv 
40tb Par. iv. p. 446 (1877) ; Coues, B. Color. Vail. p. 43S (1878) ; Belding, Proc 
U.S. Nat. Mus. i. p. 400 (1878) ; Ridgw. op. cit. iii. p. 175 ; Purdie, Bull. Nutt 
Orn. Club, ii. p. 21 (1877) ; Mearns, op. cit. iii. p. 46 (1878); Brown, op. cit. iv 
p. 7 (1S79) ; Stannis, t. c. p. 119 ; Scott, t. c. p. 213 ; Loomis, t. c. p. 213 
Berier, op. cit. vi. p. 126(1881); Hoffman, Bull. U. S. Geol. Surv. vi. p. 221 
(1881) ; Coues, Cbeck-1. N. Amer. B. p. 43 (1882) ; Brown, Bull. Nutt. Orn. Club, 
vii. p. 37 (1882) ; Nebrling, t. c. p. 12 (1882) ; Brewster, t. c. p. 146 ; Beckb. t. c. 
p. 162 ; Salvin & Gochnan, Biol. Centr.-Amer., Aves, i. p. 237 (1883) ; Bailey, 
Bull. Nutt. Orn. Club, viii. p. 39 (18S3) ; Allen & Brewster, t. c. p. 160; Coues, 
KeyN. Amer. B. 2nd ed. p. 121 (18S4) ; Brown, Auk, p. 121 (1881) ; Sbarpe, Cat. 
Birds in Brit. Mus. x. pp. 206, 636 (1885) ; Drew, Auk, ii. p. 15 ; Beckb. t. c. 
p. 141 ; Agersb. t. c. p. 279 ; A. O. U. Cbeck-1. N. Amer. B. p. 291 (1886) ; Brewster, 
Auk, iii. p. Ill (1886) ; Everm. t. c. p. 183 ; Eox, t. c. p. 317 ; Eerrari-Perez, 
Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus. ix. p. 139 (1886) ; Saunders, Auk, iv. p. 248 (1887); Beckh. 
t. c. p. 302 ; Towns. Pr. U. S. Nat. Mus. x. p. 222 (1SS7) ; Beckb. t. c. p. 682 ; 
Ricbm. Auk, v. p. 23 (1886); Scott, t. c. p. 31; Merrill, t. c. p. 360; Everm. 
Auk, vi. p. 26 (1889) ; Langdon, t, c. p. 201 ; Jeffries, t. c. p. 223 ; Pindar, 
t. c. p. 315 ; Scott, t. c. p. 326. 

Coiile serripennis, Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 73, no. S67 (1869). 

Cotile fulvipennis, Gray, t. c. p. 73, no. 869 (1869). 


Stelgidoptenjx fidvipemiis, Salv. P. Z. S. 1870, p. 184 ; Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. Av 

Neotr. p. 15 (1873) ; Boucard, P. Z. S. 1878, p. 67. 
Stelgidoptenjx fulvigula, Lawr. Ann. Lye. N. Y. ix. p. 96 (1870). 

£. gutture cinerascenti-brunneo, vix rufescentc lavato : abdomine et subcaudalibus albis, nee flavi- 

Hub. in America septentrionali et in America Centrali usque ad terram Panamensein. 

Adult male. General colour above brown, the lesser and median wing-coverts like the back ; median and 
greater coverts blackish brown, washed externally with the same colour as the back ; bastard- 
wing, primary-coverts, and quills blackish brown, the inner secondaries edged with lighter brown ; 
tail-feathers dark brown, paler towards the base of the inner web ; head a trifle darker brown 
than the back ; a narrow line of whity brown from the base of the forehead above the eye ; lores 
blackish ; ear-coverts dark brown ; cheeks, throat, and breast, as well as the flanks and sides of 
the bodv light brown, shaded with hoary whitish on the throat and fore neck, the chin and throat 
slio-htlv washed with rufous; abdomen and under tail-coverts pure white; the breast-feathers 
with a few dusky shaft-lines ; thighs white, with brown bases ; axillaries brown ; under wing- 
coverts brown, with hoary-white edges to those near the edge of the wing : " tail black ; legs 
brownish black; iris dark brown" (H. E. Dresser). Total length 4*8 inches, culmen 035, 
wing 4-45, tail 2-25, tarsus 0'4. 

The adult female resembles the male in colour, but is rather smaller. Total length 4"4 inches, culmen 0-3, 
wing 4 - l, tail T9, tarsus - 45. 

It has generally been supposed, and in the British Museum : Catalogue of Birds ' it is authori- 
tatively stated, that the female lacked the serrations on the first primary. This we now find to 
be a mistake as a large series of female specimens in the Henshaw collection shows that the 
booklets on the first primary-quill are present in the old female, though not to the same extent 
as in the adult male. 

Young birds (S. fulvipennis, Sclater) are easily distinguished from the adults by the rufous edgings to 
the winc-coverts and secondaries. The back is also washed with rufous. The throat and breast 
are light rufous, and the flanks are washed with the same colour ; the under wing-coverts are 
broadly edged with rufous, and the gape is yellow. 

Before leaving their birthplace in the United States, a good deal of the rufous colour becomes 
obliterated in the young birds, and many of them are almost as brown as the adults. The moult 
takes place in their winter-quarters and is completed by December, as is shown by specimens in 
the Salvin-Godman collection. 

This species has a distinct winter plumage, the edgings to the secondaries being white, while a rufous 
tinge is evident on the throat. On the approach of the breeding-season, the white edges to the 
secondaries quickly become abraded, but the rufous on the throat lasts for some time. Occasion- 
ally the longer upper tail-coverts show a blackish-brown spot at the end : this is apparently a 
sign of a very old bird, as it is not confined to specimens from any one locality ; it is most 
strongly developed in a specimen obtained by Mr. Henshaw near Washington, on the 2.^ud of 
July, 1883. 

Hah. North America generally, but somewhat local in its distribution ; breeding also in parts of Central 
America, where it extends as far as Costa Rica and Panama. 

This species is widely spread throughout North America, and extends into Central 
America as far south as Panama ; and, as far as is known, it breeds wherever it is found 
in summer. It is only a migrant to the United States and Southern Canada, and the 
birds which nest there doubtless visit Central America in winter, but the species also 
breeds in certain countries of the Central- American subregion. 

To commence a history of the Rough-winged Swallow, it is only necessary to quote 
the writings of that admirable field-naturalist, Professor Elliott Coues, who has given us 
a full account of its distribution in his ' Birds of the Colorado Valley,' published 
in 187S. Some further instances of its occurrence in previously unrecorded localities 
have been published since the above date, but the account given by Professor Coues 
seems to us to embody all the information respecting its known range in North America 
up to the above-mentioned year. 

Writing, therefore, in 1878, Professor Coues observes : — ■ 

" Its distribution is now known to include the entire breadth of the United States, 
excepting some portions of New England, whence Ave have no record as yet. But the 
bird certainly enters New England. This fact was first announced, as far as I know, by 
Mr. H. A. Purdie, who states that an individual was shot at Sheffield, Conn., by 
Mr. Shores, June 6th, 1874 ; and Mr. Merriam states that Mr. E. P. Bicknell found the 
bird in numbers at Biverdale, New York, within a few miles of the Connecticut line. I 
had written in 18G8 that it was singular there should be no New England instances on 
record, ' as the species certainly ought to be there ' ; and some of the New England 
ornithologists may learn in the course of time that every bird known in a certain portion 
of the Middle States will also be found in the Connecticut Valley. Determining thus 
the north-easternmost point at which the Bough-winged Swallow has been found, we 
may turn in another direction along its supposed northern boundary. Its name appears 
in Gregg's Elmira list, but not in Mcllwraith's Canada West, nor in Trippe's Minnesota. 
I never saw the bird in Dakota or Montana ; but west of the Bocky Mountains, 
Mr. J. K. Lord seems to have met with it along the same parallel of 49° ; and we also 
have Brown's Vancouver record. This exhibits a northern limit coincident with that of 
Tachycineta thalassinus, and we may suppose that the northern border of the United 
States is nearly the terminus of the species, excepting in New England, where the bird 
is not known to go so far. 

" In the Middle, Southern, and Western States the dispersion of the species is general, 
calling for no comment ; but the various records from the West may be profitably 
analyzed. Dr. A. L. Heerman early found the bird in California, as recorded by himself 
and by Cassin in 1855, as well as at other places in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. 
Audubon's original surmise respecting its extension to the Columbia was verified by 
Dr. Newberry, and also by Drs. Cooper and Suckley, who found the bird common in 

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Oregon and Washington Territories, especially coastwise, about the cliffs of the bays 
and inlets. Dr. Cooper noted its arrival near the Columbia in May and its departure in 
August. In his later work on Californian Birds, the latter records his first observation 
of the bird at Port Mojave, on the 27th of February, but adds that he has seen them, at 
San Diego on the 9th of November and 27th of January, ' so that if they do not winter 
within the State, they do not go far beyond it.' .... In higher portions of Arizona, I 
found it to be a common summer resident, arriving at Fort Whipple late in April, and 
remaining through the greater part of September. Henshaw saw it in numbers in 
Southern Colorado during May, and also about the puebla of Zuhi in New Mexico; it 
was still more abundant at Provo, Utah, and other points in the same general area, 
where also Mr. Ridgway attests its presence in great numbers. In some places, says the 
last-named, it was the most numerous representative of the family next after the Cliff 
and White-bellied Swallows ; it is generally distributed over the United States, excepting 
most of New England, but not much further northward ; agreeing in this respect with 
the Violet-green Swallow, and being, next after this species, more restricted in its habitat 
than any other Swallow of North America." 

Our account of the Rough-winged Swallow, therefore, aims at supplementing the 
excellent summary quoted above, and we trust that it will be found a tolerably exact 
record of the observations of North-American naturalists since Professor Elliott Coues 
wrote his ' Birds of the Colorado Valley.' 

We are first of all indebted to our friend Mr. Ernest E. Thompson, for some Canadian 
notes as to the distribution of the species in Ontario : — 

" London. Regularly distributed and uniformly common all over this section. Also 
noted at Hamilton. (For ' full details ' this is very slight on this species, but 
it amply covers the ground.) They breed in any bank suitable, railway- 
cuttings, gravel-pits, river-banks, it makes no difference, generally one, seldom 
two, never three pairs breeding close together (W. E. Saunders). 

" Hyde Park. Summer resident {John A. Morden). 

" Toronto. As yet not observed here by anyone." 

The accompanying sketch is also sent by Mr. Thompson, who writes : — 

16 The shaded portion would fall within the region of the Alleghanian Fauna. This 
appears to trend along the north shore of Lake Ontario, and ultimately to run as far 

northward as Ottawa. This is a region well defined by relative altitude, as well as bv 
its geology, botany, &c. Throughout this area I expect we shall ultimately find 
the Rough-winged Swallow." 

In the ' Auk ' for 1887, Mr. Saunders writes : — 

" Mr. Mcllwraith refers to me as the sole evidence of the occurrence of the Hough- 
winged Swallow, and makes the statement that I have found it breeding for the past 
year or two ; while in 1882, in the Mordeu-Saunders list of the birds of Western Ontario, 
we stated that it ' breeds in the same localities as the last (Bank-Swallow),' aud I have 
found it common within a radius of twenty-five miles round London in all suitable places. 
He follows the reference to me by stating, ' nests having been found in crevices of rocks 
and on beams under bridges,' &c, from which one might infer that such are its habits 
in Ontario. This, however, is not the case, as in the large number of nests I have 
examined all were in holes in banks, and I have never seen these Swallows frequenting 
bridges at all, but always near sand-banks ; and we have no rocks." 

Mr. Edgar Mearns, in a paper on several rare birds observed near West Point, New 
York, observes : — 

" I have found this Swallow on but one occasion, in May, 1872, when a single 
pair nested in this neighbourhood, in a bank close to a stable, beside a pond. I 
watched this pair while they constructed their nest, during which time they were often 
seen to alight, close together, on a board-fence, from which they descended after the rough 
materials of which the nest was composed, — hay and feathers. Late in May I captured 
the female sitting upon four fresh eggs. I had no difficulty in doing this, for the hole 
was quite large, and not very deep, so that, by baring my arm, I could easily introduce 
it to the back of the hole." 

In the Henshaw collection are several birds, both old and young, obtained by 
Dr. A. K. Fisher near Sing Sing, N.Y. Dr. Berier also states that he shot a specimen 
near Utrecht on the 29th of April, 1878. 

Mr. J. A. Stannis, writing on the " Bough-winged Swallow in Connecticut," says : — 
"Although not given by Samuels as a bird of New England, and classed as 'a rare 
summer visitant ' bv C. H. Merriam in his ' Birds of Connecticut ' the Rough-winered 
Swallow breeds regularly in this State. It has nested for the past three seasons in the 
old stone abutments at a road crossing over the New York, New Haven, and Hartford 
Bailroad, within eight or ten rods of the depot at Green's Farms, twenty miles west of 
New Haven. Half a dozen pairs nested there last season, and perhaps more ; but, 
judging from the number seen, I should say there were fewer than during the season of 
1877. I have been unable to account for the fact that more than thirty trains could 
pass within six or eight feet of their nests each day, and not drive them away or appa- 
rently disturb them in the least." 

Quite a large series, consisting of old and young birds from the District of Columbia, 
is contained in the Henshaw collection, the specimens having been obtained there in 
April and May. Mr. Richmond speaks of it as abundant here, and adds : — 


" Numbers of these birds nest along- the river in crevices among the rocks. I 
know of a small colony that frequents a stone culvert, over which is a railroad track, and 
through which a small stream passes. This culvert is built of rough uncut stones, and 
presents innumerable fine nesting-sites for the Swallows. One nest found here was 
placed in a crevice about one foot above running water, and contained young. Six or 
seven eggs are laid, and first clutches are completed by May 17. A set of seven 
eggs was found during June, 1887, which contained six of this species and one of the 

Dr. F. W. Langdon, writing in 1889, mentioned the present species as having 
occurred in large numbers in Ohio ; and Mr. Evermann states that in Carroll County, 
Indiana, it is a summer resident, but is not so common as Cot He riparia. Specimens 
have been procured by Mr. H. K. Coale near Riverdale, Illinois, in April; and in the 
southern part of the same State Mr. Robert Eidgway says that the Rough-winged 
Swallows nest in communities in company with C. riparia, occupying adjoining holes and 
having entirely the same habits, but they are much more numerous there than the 
common Bank-Swallow. 

Mr. Pindar also records it as a common summer resident in Fulton County, 
Kentucky, and according to Mr. Fox it was the most plentiful of all the Swallows in 
Roane County, Tennessee, arriving there early in April. Mr. Loomis says that it is 
rather common in summer in South Carolina, and is also common during its migrations ; 
it is generally distributed, but is most abundant in the vicinity of water. Mr. Bailey 
found the eggs in Georgia on the 18th of April. 

Mr. Maynard writes of the species in Florida :— " The quaint and ancient city of 
St. Augustine is situated on an arm of the ocean ; consequently it is necessary to protect 
the lower section by a sea-wall, which extends the entire length of the town. This wall, 
being broad upon the top, is used as a promenade by the inhabitants. While sauntering 
along this walk one day in April, I observed some Swallows alighting in front of me. 
I saw at once that they were a species I had never seen before, but a closer view proved 
them to be Rough-winged Swallows. At first there were only four or five to be seen, 
but in a few days there were quite a number flying about the place. This is the only 
time I ever met with the species living, and I have never found it breeding in the State; 
but having met Mr. Allen, in Jacksonville, a few weeks later the same season, he 
informed me that he found a small colony evidently about to breed on some bluffs along 
the St. John's river, not far from the mouth. This species is said to breed in holes in 
buildings, under bridges, etc." 

Mr. W. E. D. Scott, in his paper on the Birds of the Gulf Coast of Florida, states 
that this species was not very common in April 1877, in the vicinity of Tarpon Springs, 
which is the only point where he observed it. 

Mr. X. C. Brown states that it was a rather common summer resident near Coosada, 
in Central Alabama, where it arrived on the 22nd of March, but was not generally 
distributed until the first week in April. Mr. Scott states that it was tolerably abundant 

in "Western Missouri, arriving about the 15th of April, and breeding. Mr. Beckham, 
in his essay on the Birds of Bayou Sara in Louisiana, says : — " The Rough-winged 
Swallows, which arrived in March, were present in force, and were breeding in holes in 
the banks along Alexander's Creek, where the Kingfishers were also nesting." 

Mr. Dresser, in his account of the Birds of Texas, writes : — " At Eagle Pass, the 
first of these birds I noticed arriving from the South I saw on the 21st of February. 
Both there and near San Antonio they are very common during the summer, breeding 
in the towns, making their nests under the eaves and in holes in the old walls, and 
laying pure white eggs ; the first of which, that I got, were taken at San Antonio on the 
25th April." 

Mr. Nehrling says that it is a very abundant summer resident in Texas. It often 
nests under the roofs of walks, and on old buildings in Houston, but is more a companion 
of the Bank-Swallow [Cotlle riparia) on the high banks on Buffalo-Bayou and Galveston 
Bay. In South-western Texas Mr. N. C. Brown states that he only observed two 
specimens on the 3rd and 1th of March. 

Mr. Brewster, in a paper on the Birds of Western North California, says that it 
was "the characteristic Swallow of the valley region, common almost everywhere 
throughout the settled country up to about 2500 feet, and nesting in ledges and clay 
banks formed by railroad-cuttings or the erosion of streams." 

Mr. Belding writes : — " This bird arrived at Murphy's on March 15th, 1877, and 
remained till May 3rd, or probably later. They constituted only a fraction of the 
multitude of Swallows of the place, and were, perhaps, altogether not more than two 
dozen in number. I have not seen it elsewhere." 

Mr. Hoffman, in his paper on the Birds of Xevada, observes :— 

" Dr. Cooper found this species as early as February 27th, and Mr. Bidgway observed 
it in April at Carson City, where it was the most abundant species of the family. 
I noticed these birds also along the banks of the Humboldt Biver, north of Battle 
Mountain, during the last days of May, where they are probably summer residents. 
They buiid in burrows in the sandy banks, the openings leading to the nests being 
from one to two feet below the upper edge of the bank, similar in this respect to 
those of C. riparia." 

In Arizona Mr. Brewster observed it commonly and breeding:: but about Tuczon 
Mr. Herbert Brown found it rather rare, arriving about the middle of March. Messrs. 
Allen and Brewster state that they first observed the Bough-winged Swallow about the 
10th of May in Colorado, and that it was not uncommon later. At Pueblo it was 
plentiful along the streams, according to Mr. Beckham. Mr. Drew states that it 
breeds in the plains of Colorado up to 7000 feet. 

Dr. Merrill, writing from Port Klamath, Oregon, says : — "A few pairs breed in the 
banks of the streams near the Port, but there are few suitable places, as the edges of the 
streams are usually low and grassy. Nests, examined June 18, contained half-Hedged 
young; the burrows were about two feet in length, and were much larger than those 


dug- by the Bank-Swallow." Finally, Mr. Agersborg states that, although rarer than 
C. riparia, it breeds in South-western Dakota in common with that species, along the 
Vermilion and Bi<? Sioux rivers. 

Beyond the borders of the United States it becomes more difficult to trace the range 
of the Bough-winged Swallow. As Messrs. Salvin and Godman state, it is doubtless 
resident in Mexico, but the evidence on this point is not satisfactory. Professor Ferrari- 
Perez records a specimen from Jala pa in August, and from this district came the type 
of Gotile fulvipennis of Sclater, obtained by de Oca ; this is nothing but the immature 
bird of S. serripennis. The other localities given by Messrs. Salvin and Godman in the 
'Biologia' are Nuevo Leon [Couch), valley of Mexico (Le Strange), Cordova (Salle). 
The bird obtained by Botteri near Orizaba is in full nesting-plumage, and the bird 
probably breeds in that district, but that the Plough-winged Swallow breeds within 
Mexican limits is proved by two nestling specimens obtained by Mr. A. Forrer near 
Presidio in June. Nor is the nesting of the species in Mexico to be wondered at, for we 
have undoubted evidence that it breeds in Guatemala. Messrs. Salvin and Godman have 
received specimens from Mr. Ferrari-Perez, collected in the Valley of Mexico in 
November and May, at Jalapa in June (one specimen being a nestling), and at Huatusco 
in August. Mr. W. B. Bichardson has sent examples from Bolahos in Jalisco (March), 
and Mr. W. Lloyd procured one at Beltran and Zapotlan in the same province (April). 
Trujillo has also procured the species at Sola, in Oaxaca, in April, and at Juchatengo in 
April. Messrs. Salvin and Godman give many localities where they observed it in 
Guatemala, and Mr. Salvin states that it was common in Jrdy on the open lands, 
and flying about the lake of Duenas. Mr. Bobert Owen, who iound one nest and five 
eggs near San Geionimo, writes : — 

"The nest is composed of grass and fine roots, the inside being strewn with pieces 
of dead flag. The eggs are white, and measure, axis "7, diain. '5 inch. The nest was 
dug out of the white sandy soil of a barranco in the Convent garden. The cave ran 
horizontally, and was about two feet in length, terminating in a chamber of just sufficient 
dimensions to allow the bird to turn round." 

Dr. Schott procured the present species at Merida, in Yucatan, and Mr. George 
Cavendish Taylor believed that he saw it in Honduras, but that the evidence is not 
considered convincing by Messrs. Salvin and Godman is proved by their having omitted 
it from the ' Biologia.' Carmiol procured specimens at Attiro, in Costa Pica, and Mr. 
Boucard records " several specimens from San Jose, March to May." He adds : "They 
are principally seen flying near the streams, sometimes in large numbers. The first 
time I had a shot at them I killed six ; there were about fifty on a small tree. Although 
1 have killed a good many, I never found a female amongst them. I suppose the females 
must have been in their nests somewhere, but where I was never able to find out." Two 
specimens are recorded by Mr. Salvin from Calovevora, in the State of Banama, collected 
by Arce, and this is the most southern limit of the range of the Bough-winged Swallow 
yet recorded. 


The late Dr. Brewer gives the following account of the nesting of this Swallow : — 
" This species was first found breeding in Carlisle, Penn., by Professor Baird, in the 
summer of 1813. The following year I visited this locality early in June, and had an 
opportunity to study its habits during its breeding-season. We found the birds rather 
commoH, and examined a number of their nests. None that we met with were in places 
that had been excavated by the birds, although the previous season several had been 
found that had been apparently excavated in banks in the same manner as the Bank- 
Swallow. All the nests (seven in number) that we then met with were in situations 
accidentally adapted to their need, and all were directly over running water. Some 
were constructed in crevices between the stones in the walls and arches of bridges. In 
several instances the nests were but little above the surface of the stream. In one, the 
first laying had been flooded, and the eggs chilled. The birds had constructed another 
nest above the first one, in which were six fresh eggs, as many as in the other. One 
uest had been built between the stones of the wall that formed one of the sides of the 
flume of a mill. Two feet above it was a frequented foot-path, and, at the same distance 
below, the water of the mill-stream. Another nest was between the boards of a small 
building in which revolved a water-wheel. The entrance to it was through a knot-hole 
in the outer partition, and the nest rested on a small rafter between the outer and the 
inner boardings. The nests were similar in their construction to those of the Bank- 
Swallow, composed of dry grasses, straws, and leaves, lined with a few feathers ; but a 
much greater amount of material was made use of, owing, perhaps, to the exposed position 
in which they were built. The eggs, six in number, in every instance that we noticed, 
were pure white, about the size of those of C. riparia, but a little more uniformly 
oblong in shape, and pointed at one end. Their length varies from - 78to - 69 of an inch, 
the average being *75. Their average breadth is '53 of an inch." 

Concerning the above notice of Dr. Brewer's, Professor Coues remarks : — 

" In this picture of the bird at home we see it already modified in habits by contact 
with civilization, and require another portraiture, which fortunately Mr. Walter Van 
Pleet has furnished. In an interesting article entitled ' Notes on the Rough-winged 
Swallow (Hirundo serripennis) in Pennsylvania,' published in the Bulletin Nuttall Club, 
i. p. 9 (1870) he gives the results of two years' careful observation of the economy of the 
bird, especially in comparison with Gotile. I condense most of his article in the 
following paragraph : — 

" The Bough-wing, unlike the Bank-Swallow, is not gregarious while nesting, the 
pairing being their only association. The nests are not crowded together, but scattered 
at irregular intervals along the banks of streams, wherever favourable sites occur. The 
birds seldom excavate holes for themselves, preferring to take some suitable cavity and 
refit it to their taste ; thus, they are often found in deserted Kingfishers' holes, where 
the nest is placed a foot or so from the entrance. They will also, on finding a decayed 
root of sufficient size leading in from their favourite sand banks, remove the soft punky 
wood, following the winding of the root to a depth of about two feet, where they place 



the nest in an enlarged cavity. Besides this, they like to build in holes in masonry, near 
water. In the few observed instances of their digging a hole for themselves, they 
worked in rather a slovenly way, making holes larger than appeared necessary, and 
invariably circular at the entrance — the Bank-Swallows' holes, on the contrary, being 
quite symmetrically elliptical, with the longer axis horizontal, and no larger than required 
for the free passage of the birds — too small to admit the band, while the Bough-wings' 
nests may usually be reached without difficulty, except when built in masonry, in which 
latter case the birds may pass through a crevice barely wide enough to admit them } 
providing the cavity within be suitable for a nest. The nests of S. serripennis are more 
carelessly constructed, as a rule, than those of C. rlparia are j the birds do not seem to 
search at any distance for particular materials, being satisfied with anything that may 
be at hand, One nest, built in a Kingfisher's hole in a sand bank about fifteen rods from 
a poultry-yard, was composed entirely of the feathers of domestic fowl. In another 
instance, three fresh eggs were found on the bare sand, in a mere pocket barely six 
inches deep, indicating that the mother bird was so pressed to lay that she had no time 
to complete her nest. Not infrequently fresh eggs are found in the same nest with 
others far advanced in incubation, and occasionally fresh eggs, others newly hatched, 
and young birds may be found together. 

" Other writers witness a still wider range of variation in the nidification of the 
Bough-wings. Cooper speaks of their nesting in California in burrows in sandy banks, 
two or three feet deep, closely crowded together, and near the upper edge of the embank- 
ment ; as well as of their resorting sometimes to natural clefts in banks, in adobe 
buildings, and even in knot-holes. Their breeding in the last-named places is probably 
exceptional, but it is known that even the Bank-Swallow, the most inveterate and 
conservative of the family, will sometimes take to a tree, and Henshaw furnishes probable 
confirmation of Cooper's statement. He noticed Bough-wings several times in suspicious 
proximity to some dead stubs ; and though lie never saw one enteriug the cavities, he 
thought it probable that the birds sometimes availed themselves of such retreats in the 
absence of banks suitable for excavation. 

" The general presence and behaviour of our Swallows is so little varied, as well as 
so familiar, that nothing need be said on this score ; the Bough-wing resembles the 
Bank-Swallow in these respects as closely as it does in coloration and physique. The 
eggs, as in all our species excepting the Barn and the Cliff, are immaculate white, and 
about as large as the Barn-Swallow's, measuring about 075 in length by a trifle over 
050 in breadth ; they are said to be rather more uniformly oblong and pointed than 
those of the species just named, and commonly five or six in number. 

" I may conclude by referring to a note which I published not long since, on a 
supposed change of habit of the Bank-Swallow, but which proves to have really been 
based on the present species instead. As recorded in Am. Nat. x. June 1876, p. 372, 
under head of ' Notable Change of Habit of the Bank-Swallow,' I was informed by Dr. 
Bufus Haymond that a Bank-Swallow had nested in a building in Brookville, Indiana. 


Mr. Bidgway fairly questioned, in the August number of the same periodical, p. 493, 
whether the species was not the Rough-wing, which breeds exactly as Dr. Haymond 
described, and as the two species are so similar as to be confounded sometimes, even by 
good observers. Dr. Haymond shortly sent me a second communication to the same 
effect, which I published in the ' Bulletin ' of the Nuttall Club, vol. i. n. 4, Nov. 1876, 
p. 96. In this other instance, < a weather-board bad become detached from the building,' 
leaving a small opening, in which I watched for two days a Bank-Swallow building "a 
nest.' Since then, however, he informed me by letter, in answer to my further inquiries, 
that Mr. Bidgway was right in supposing that the birds were really Bough-wings, and 
not Bank-Swallows." 

The birds described and figured in the accompanying Plates are in the British 
Museum. An adult and a young bird are represented. 




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Golondrina de la vientre amarillazo, Azara, Apunt. ii. p. 512 (1802) ; Hartl. Ind. 

Azara, p. 19 (18-17). 
Hirundo ruficollis, Vieill. N. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xiv. p. 523 (1817). 
Hirundo flavigastra, Vieill. N. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xiv. p. 531 (1817). 
Hirundo jugularis, Neuwied, Beitr. Naturg. Bras, iii. p. 365 (1830); Temm. PI. Col. 

iv. pi. 161. fig. 2. 
Hirundo liortensis, Licht. Verz. Doubl. p 57 (1823). 
Cotyle jugularis, Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 60 (1815). 
Cecropsis ruficollis, Boie, Isis, 1811, p. 175. 
Cotyle flavigastra, Gray, Cat. Eissir. Brit. Mus. p. 30 (1818) ; Bp. Consp. i. p. 312 

(1850) ; Cab. Mus. Hein. Th. i. p. 19 (1850) ; Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philad. 

Acad. p. 11 (1853); Burm. Th. Bras. iii. p. Ill (1856) ; Sclater, P. Z. S. 1860, 

p. 271; Pelz. Orn. Bras. pp. 17, 102 (1871). 
Cotyle ruficollis, Gray, Gen. B. i. p. 60 (1815) ; Cass. Cat. Hirund. Mus. Philad. 

Acad. p. 11 (1853) ; Selater, P. Z. S. 1S60, p. 292 ; id. Cat. Amer. B. p. 11 (1862) ; 

Reinh. Vid. Medd. Nat. Eorh. Rjobenh. 1870, p. 219. 
Stelgidopteryx ruficollis, Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 315 (1865) ; Sol. & Salv. 

P. Z. S. 1866, p. 178, 1867, p. 719, 1873, pp. 185, 259 ; iid. Nomencl. Ay. Neotr. 

p. 15 (1873) ; Layard, Ibis, 1873, p. 377 ; Tacz. P. Z. S. 1871, p. 510 ; Scl. & Salv. 

P. Z. S. 1879, p. 596; Salv. & Godm. Biol. Ceatr.-Amer., Aves, i. p. 237 (1883); 

Tacz. Orn. Perou, i. p. 216 (1881) ; Sharpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. Mus. x. p. 20s 

(1885); Salvin, Ibis, 1885, p. 206 ; Sclater & Hudson, Argent. Orn. i. p. 36 (1888). 
Cotile ruficollis, Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 73, no. 868 (1869) ; Barrows, Bull. Nutt. 

Orn. Club, viii. p. 90 (1883). 

£. gutture rufo : abdouiine sulpkureo : subcaudalibus albis vel pallide flavis, longioribus subterrainalitc r 
bruimeo notatis. 

Hub. in America meridional!. 

Adult male. General colour above brown, the head decidedly darker than the back, the rump and upper 
tail-coverts paler brown; wing-coverts blackish brown, the inner median and greater coverts 
edged with paler brown; bastard-wing, primary-coverts, and quills blackish, the secondaries 
rather browner, the inner ones edged with white towards the tip and round the latter ; upper 
tail-coverts and tail-feathers blackish brown, the latter paler towards the base of the inner web ; 
lores and ear-coverts dark brown, the latter a little paler than the crown ; cheeks and throat 
brick-red ; sides of neck, breast, and sides of body brown ; centre of breast and abdomen sulphur- 

yellow, extending on to the thighs and vent; under tail-coverts white, the basal ones with a 
tinge of yellow, the long ones with a broad subterminal bar of blackish brown ; axillaries brown ; 
under wing-coverts brown, with rufous edges to the feathers ; quills dusky blackish below : " bill 
and legs brownish black, the latter sometimes paler brown or flesh-colour ; iris greyish brown " 
(Neuwied) . Total length 4 - 9 inches, culmen 0'35, wing 4'3, tail 22, tarsus 0'4. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour, but without the serrations on the outer edge of the outer 
web. Total length 4 - 5 inches, culmen - 35, wing 3"7, tail 1"9, tarsus 04. 

The series from different parts of South America in the British Museum shows that very little 
variation takes place in individuals from the various countries inhabited by the species. The 
brown colour of the upper surface is deeper in some birds than it is in others, but this may be 
due to age. On the whole, however, southern birds are darker than northern ones, and the palest 
of all are the specimens from Roraima, which have a decidedly lighter brown shade on the lower 
back and rump, showing an approach to S. uropijgialis. 

The following are the measurements of some specimens from different localities :— • 

Total length, 

a. Ad. Roraima, Nov. 29 (H. Whitely) 5"2 

b. ? . „ Nov. 23 „ 50 

c. $ . „ Jan. 5 „ 4"7 

d. Ad. Cayenne {Mas. P. L. S.) 5'0 

e. Ad. Bahia [Wucherer) 4'9 

/•Ad. „ „ 4-9 

g. ? ad. Para {Layard) 4'9 

h. S ad. Rio [Mas. P. L. S.) . . . . 4"9 

i. S ad. Yquitos {H. Whitely) 4" 9 

*• ¥ ad. „ „ 4-5 

I. S ad. „ „ 50 

m. fj ad. Upper Ucayali (E. Bartlett) 4-8 

5 ad. Yurimaguas „ 4'1 

[?] ad. Copataza River {C. Buckley ) 4 - 7 

[cJ] ad. Rio Napo 5"2 

[(J] ad. Yuyo, Bolivia (C. Buckley) 4-7 

[J] ad. „ „ 5-0 





































4 - 45 


Young. Darker than the adults, and having the feathers of the upper surface edged with rusty edges, 
especially distinct on the quills ; the throat and breast as well as the sides of the body are 
ferruginous, the lower breast and abdomen washed with sulphur-yellow. 

Many specimens have rather broad white edgings to the secondaries, and as we have not been 
able to find other traces of youth on these individuals, we believe that these margins may be 
merely indicative of freshly moulted plumage, and that they become abraded as the plumage 
gets worn. 

Hub. South America. 

Tins species enjoys a wide raugo in South America and extends from Rio to Bolivia 
and Peru, throughout Brazil and Amazonia, to Guiana. The specimens from Boraima 

have a slightly paler rump, but cannot he confounded with S. uropygialis, which, 
moreover, is the Rough-winged Swallow of Colombia. In Ecuador both forms occur. 

There has been some mistake in the enumeration of the specimens in the British 
Museum 'Catalogue of Birds' (vol. x. App. p. 636), where certain of the Eoraima 
specimens have been included under the heading of S. nropygialis. 

Azara considered the present species to be rare in Paraguay. Mr. Barrows, how- 
ever, writing on the Birds of the Bower Uruguay, found it ahundant at Concepcion 
through the summer, arriving from the north early in August. He writes : — 

" It is said to nest in holes in banks, and I once dug out several deserted Swallows' 
nests supposed to belong to this bird, though none were seen in the neighbourhood. 
The nests were of straw and feathers at the end of holes about two feet in depth, and in 
pretty hard earth, which formed a bank eight or ten feet high, beside a small stream. 
A bird of this species frequently visited an open and deep well, just in front of my door. 
I repeatedly saw it descend into the well, but could never see it come out, or find it 
within. Probably it hid itself between the stones of the wall, where it was prospecting 
for a home which it failed to find." 

The Sclater Collection has a specimen from the neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, and 
Br. Burmeister considers it to be a common and widely spread species throughout the 
Campos of the interior of Brazil ; and Lund gives the same testimony regarding the 
Campos of Lagoa Santa. Burmeister found it nesting at Congonhas. The following 
localities for the species are given by Natterer : — Bio de Janeiro : July, December ; 
Casa Pintada : January ; Ypanema : December ; Cuyaba, Caicara : January. He says 
also that it is found near Cuyaba throughout the year. 

Specimens collected by Dr. Wucherer at Bahia, and by Mr. W. A. Forbes at 
Pernambuco, are in the Salvin-Godmau Collection ; and Mr. E. L. Layard, writing from 
Para, observes : — 

"This Swallow is not uncommon, but except in a few favoured localities in the 
town, I never saw it in any number together. It feeds on minute flies, and perches 
readily on trees. It is certainly resident in Para all the year round, though it is very 
scarce from September to December, on the 27th of which month I procured a pair, 
after noting their absence in September." 

It probably extends throughout the Amazon Valley, as it has been found by Mr. 
Henry Whitely at Yquitos in March and April, and Mr. Edward Bartlett met with it 
at Yurimaguas and also on the Upper and Lower Ucayali Rivers. Mr. Henry Whitely 
also procured specimens at Cosnipata, in Peru, and Mr. Jelski at Monterico. Mr. C. 
Buckley likewise sent examples from Yuyo in Bolivia. 

The latter traveller also procured this species on the Copataza Biver in Ecuador, 
and the Salvin-Godman Collection has other specimens from this country. At Esme- 
raldas and Babahoyo Eraser met with S. uropygialis. A large series was forwarded by 
Mr. Whitely from lloraima, and a Cayenne specimen, obtained by Jelski, is in the 
Salvin-Godman Collection. 


Dr. Burmeister states that this Swallow lays two white eggs, which it deposits in 
holes in the ground, like our Sand-Martin. Mr. Edward Bartlett writes : — 

"The nest, like that of Atticora fasciata, is composed of leaves, stems of a prickly 
climber, fine bents, and fibres of hark very loosely put together, and is placed in holes 
in banks. Four or five white eggs are laid in September ; but I also took nests on the 
Huallaga in July." 

The descriptions of the birds are taken from the series in the British Museum, and 
the figures in the Plate are drawn from specimens in the Salvin-Godman Collection. 
Both light and dark forms are represented. 

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Cotyle flavigastra (nee V.), Cass. Proe. Philad. Acad. 1860, p. 133; Scl. P. Z. S. 

1860, p. 292 ; Lawr. Ann. Lye. N. Y. vii. p. 317 (1861). 
Cotyle ruficollis (nee Vieill.), Sclater, P. Z. S. 1860, p. 292 ; id. Cat. Amer. B. p. 41 

(1862, pt.). 
Cotyle uropygialis, Lawr. Ibis, 1863, p. 181 ; id. Ann. Lye. N. Y. viii. p. 3 (1863) ; 

Scl. & Salv. P. Z. S. 1861, p. 318 ; Gray, Haud-1. B. i. p. 73, no. 870 (1859). 
Stelgiclopteryx uropygialis, Baird, R,eview Amer. B. p. 317 (1865) ; Salv. P. Z. S. 

1870, p. 184 ; Wyatt, Ibis, 1870, p. 109 ; Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. Av. Neotr. p. 15 

(1873); iid. P. Z. S. 1879, p. 496; Tacz. P. Z. S. 1877, p. 744; Salvin & Godman, 

Biol. Centr.-Amer., Aves, i. p. 238(1883); Sliarpe, Cat. Birds in Brit. AIus. x. 

pp. 209, 637 (1885); Tacz. Orn. Perou, i. p. 247 (1881). 
Stelgiclopteryx fulvigula, Baird, Review Amer. B. p. 318 (1865) ; v. Frantz. J. f. O. 

1869, p. 295 ; Salv. Ibis, 1869, p. 313, 1870, p. 108, 1874, p. 307. 
Cotyle fulvigula, Gray, Hand-1. B. i. p. 73, no. 871 (1869). 

<S. similis S. ruficolli, sed saturatior ct uropygio magis cinerascente. 

Hab. in Costa Rica usque ad Panamam, Venezuelan}, Colouibiam et regionem Andesiensem usque ad 
Ecuadoriam et Peruviana occidentalem. 

Adult male. Similar to S. ruficollls, from which it differs only in having the upper surface much darker 
and the rump more ashy and in rather more pronounced contrast to the back. The brown on 
the under surface is darker on the breast and flanks, and the yellow on the abdomen somewhat 
more restricted. Total length o inches, culmen 04, wing 4'2, tail 1*9, tarsus O3o. 

Adult female. Similar to the male in colour. Total length 4 - 5 inches, culmen 0'1, wing 3 - 9, tail P8, 
tarsus CM'. 

Young. Differs from the adult in having the rump creamy buff, and in having distinct rufous margins to 
the feathers of the upper surface, especially the wing-coverts and inner secondaries ; the throat 
is bright rufous, as well as the fore neck ; the sides of the body brown washed with rufous, and 
the rest of the underparts white with a slight tinge of yellow. 

Hab. Central America, from Costa Rica to Panama. In South America, from Venezuela to Colombia, 
Western Ecuador and Western Peru. 

This is a northern race of the ordinary Stelgiclopteryx ruficollis of South America, from 
which it differs in the ashy colour of the rump. This character is always well marked 


in specimens from the localities recorded below, but a slight approach to it is seen in 
examples from various parts of South America, though never to the same extent as in 
the birds of Central America and Ecuador. 

The present species was first named by Mr. G. N. Lawrence, from specimens pro- 
cured by McLeannan in Panama, and several individuals collected by him on the line of 
railway in this State are in the Salvin-Godman collection. 

Mr. Salvin himself noticed the species in abundance at Obispo in May 1873, its 
favourite resting-place being the telegraph-wires placed along the line of railway. Schott 
found it on the Truando Biver, and specimens obtained at Chitra near Chiriqui in the 
State of Panama by Arce are in the Salvin-Godman collection. It extends northwards 
to Costa Pica (von Frantzhis, Zeledon), and Carmiol procured examjdes at Angostura 
in that country, in June and August. 

In South America it has not a very extended range, but it occurs not unfrequently 
in " Bogota " collections. Mr. Wyatt met with it at Ocaha and Bucarramanga in the 
Magdalena A 7 alley. Salmon also found it at Santa Elena and Pemedios in the Cauca 
Valley : at the latter place it was breeding. A Venezuelan specimen is in the British 

In Ecuador Eraser procured specimens of the present species at Esmeraldas and 
Babahoyo, and an example obtained by Stolzmann at Lechugal in "Western Peru, on the 
5th of October, is recorded by Dr. Taczanowski ; and a specimen from Paucal is in the 
Paimondi collection. 

A skin said to be from Bahia is in the British Museum, but there must be some 
mistake as to the locality of this specimen. 

No further notes on the habits of this species have been published, but they will 
doubtless be found to be identical with those of its congener, S. riificollis. The eggs 
procured by Salmon at Pemedios are white. 

The adult bird figured in the Plate is drawn from a specimen in Mr. Wyatt 's 
collection from Ocaha, and the young bird from a Costa P-ican example in the Salvin- 
Godman collection. The descriptions are from birds in the British Museum. 





Add :— 

Stelgidopteryx serripennis, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xiii. (1890) ; 
Belding, Occ. Papers Calif. Acad. ii. p. 193 (1890) ; Mearns, Auk, vii. p. 48 
(1890); Loomis, t. c. p. 125; Cherrie, t. c. p. 335; id. Auk, ix. p. 22 (1892); 
Scott, t. c. p. 213; Ridgw. t. c. p. 307; Attwater, t. c. p. 310; Lawr. t. c. 
p. 356; Hatch, B. Minnesota, p. 356 (1892); Pisher, N. Amer. Faun. uo. 7, 
pt, 2, p. 112 (1893); Thompson, Auk, x. p. 50 (1893); White, i.e. p. 227; 
Brimley, t. c. p. 243 ; Sargent, t. c. p. 569. 

The following additional notes on this species have appeared since our article was 

Mr. Thompson records the species from the vicinity of Lake "Winnipeg, on the 
authority of Mr. Hine. Mr. S. E. White found one of these Swallows dead on Mackinac 
Island in July, but he neA'er succeeded in procuring another example. Professor 
Bidgway noticed its arrival near Washington, D.C., on the 8th of April, 1893. In 
Minnesota Dr. Hatch states that it arrives about the same time as Cotile riparia, and it 
is " no less common in some sections. Dr. Hvoslef reports it as one of the very common 
Swallows, arriving at Lanesboro' on the 19th of April in 1881." 

Mr. H. B. Sargent records the meeting of the species at Shelter Island, X.Y., 
as follows : — " While collecting with Mr. W. W. Worthington of Shelter Island, 
June 3, 1893, I found a nest of the Bough-winged Swallow containing four much 
incubated eggs. The nest was placed in a bank about forty feet high, on the shore ; 
it looked like an old Bank-Swallow's burrow. It was two feet from the top of the 
bank and twenty-seven inches deep. The chamber the nest was in w r as twelve inches in 
diameter, and was completely filled with dried sea-grasses on which the eggs were laid. 

" I shot the female, and as it fell in the water the male came up and tried to help 
its disabled mate, at the same time uttering a most plaintive cry." 

Mr. Brimley says that in r\orth Carolina the species has " apparently been getting 


rarer near Raleigh, or else lias found nesting-places more suited to its needs than the 
old ones, for it has deserted its old haunts almost entirely, and, instead of heing our 
commonest Swallow, it is much more nearly our rarest one." Mr. Loornis, in his paper 
on the summer birds of Pickens' County, S. Carolina, states that it was tolerably 
common, and was seen daily " hawking for insects over the bottom lands along the 

Mr. Attwater says that the Rough-winged Swallow is a " common migrant" at San 
Antonio in Texas. Mr. Scott also records it as a migrant in the Caloosahatchie Region 
of Florida. 

In Arizona, Mr. Mearns states that it breeds on the lower edge of the pine belt. 
Near Gray's Harbour, in Washington County, Mr. Lawrence records it as a summer 
resident, but not very common. 

In the memoir on the Death Valley Expedition occurs the following note by 
Dr. A. K. Fisher: — "The Rough-winged Swallow was tolerably common in a number 
of the desert valleys, where it was a summer resident. It was first seen at Ash Meadows, 
Nevada, March 10, and in Vegas Wash, near the bend of the Colorado River, March 10- 
13. A specimen was secured at Hot Springs, in Panamint Valley, April 22, and 
Mr. Nelson observed a few migrants along Willow Creek, in the Panamint Mountains, 
the last of May. Dr. Merriam saw this Swallow at Saratoga Springs, in Death Valley, 
April 26 ; at the bend of the Colorado River, May 4 ; in the Valley of the Virgin, near 
Bunkerville, Nevada, May 8 ; and in Pahranagat Valley, Nevada, where it was tolerably 
common and doubtless breeding, May 22-26. He found it common where Beaverdam 
Creek joins the Virgin in north-western Arizona, May 9-10, and the commonest Swallow 
in the Santa Clara Valley, Utah, May 11-15. In Owen's Valley a pair was seen about a 
pond at Lone Pine, June 8, and others were observed at Big Pine, June 10. At Furnace 
Creek, Death Valley, several were secured about the reservoir June 19-21, and a number 
were seen in Kern River Valley, June 22-23." 

Mr. Belding, in his synopsis of the birds of the Pacific coast of North America, gives 
the records as follows : — 

" Poway. Usually common in spring (F. G. Blaisdell). 

" San Jose. Common summer resident, arriving in March (Parkhurst). 

" San Bernardino. Rare migrant through the valley (F. Stephens). 

" Agua Caliente. Seen in March (F. Stephens). 

"Southern California. Occurs commonly (Henshaw). 

" Santa Cruz. Common summer resident (S/clrm) ; breeds (Ingersoll). 

" Contra Costa County. Summer resident ( W. G. Bryant). 

" Calaveras County (L. B.). 

" Sacramento. Common, June and July (Rhlgway). 

"Found in California as far north as Columbia river (Newberry). 

" Common about the sandy cliffs and islets of this coast. It arrived near the 
Columbia river in May and remained until the middle of August, 1860 ( Cooper). 

"Rather abundant both in Oregon and Washington Territory (Suckle y). 

"British Columbia. Common summer resident (J. Fannin). 

" Present along much of the Eastern slope (Henshaw). 

" Nevada. I noticed these birds along the banks of the Humboldt Rive r, north of 
Battle Mountain, during the last days of May (Hoffman). 

" Next to the Cliff and White-bellied Swallows this was the most abundant species 
of the family. Arrived at Carson, April 15. 

. " I saw them at Port Mojave on the 22nd of February, but I have seen them at 
San Diego November 9 and January 27, so that if they do not winter in the State they 
do not go far beyond it (Cooper, 1870). 

" Whidby Island, W.T., April 2 (Lawrence Wessel). 

" Walla Walla, W.T., May and August (Williams)." 

Mr. G. E~. Cherrie, writing in 1890, states that the Rough-winged Swallow is very 
common in Costa Rica " during the rainy season, but is seldom seen in the dry season, 
from early in December until the latter part of April." Again, in. 1892, he speaks of it 
as " a common resident and breeding abundantly." 

This statement has rather taken us by surprise, as we should have expected that 
S. uropygialis was more likely to have been the species which nested in Costa Rica. 

Por the geographical distribution of the present species vide infra, Plate 128 [Map]. 



Stelgidopteryx ruficollis, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. viii. (1888) ; Berl. & 
Ihering, Zeitschr. ges. Orn. ii. p. 21 (1885). 

Obtained by Dr. Ihering at Linha-paraja, Rio Grande do Sul, on the 6th of June. 
Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 129 [Map]. 



Stelgidopteryx uropygialis, Sharpe & Wyatt, Monogr. Hirund. pt. xii. (1889). 

Por the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra. Plate 129 [Map]. 

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*-/-»■ Bird of passage. 

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^*-» Winter resident. 




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abyssinica, Cecropis, 341. 

, Hiruudo, lii, 341. 

Acanthylis, xlvii. 

acuta, Cha'tura, xxxiii, xxxvi. 

, Hiruudo, xl. 

aethiopica, Hirundo, xliv, 210, 307, 

322, 413. 
afrieanus, Cypselus, xliv, xlv. 

, Micropus, xli. 

agrestis, Hirundo, xliii. 

alba, Hirundo, xxxix. 

albiceps, Atticora, 623. 

, Psalidoproene, lix, 601, 623, 

624, 625, 630. 
albicollis, Hirundo, xliv. 
albigena, Cbelidon, lviii, 6, 29, 38. 

, Chelidonaria, 5. 

albigula, Hirundo, 303. 

albigularis, Hirundo, xli, liv, lvi, 210, 

303, 307, 322, 413. 
albilinea, Hirundo, 149. 

, Petroohelidon, lviii, 149. 

, Tachycineta, lix, lxii, 149, 1S8, 

albilineata, Hirundo, 149. 
Albino Swallows, lxvii. 
albiscapulata. Atticora, liii. 
albiventer, Hirundo, xxxvi, xxxvii, 

xxxviii, 139. 

, Petroohelidon, 139. 

albiventris, Cotyle, lvi, 73. 

, Hirundo, xliv, 139, 465. 

, Petroohelidon, 139. 

, Tachycineta, xxxiii, lxvi, 39, 

1S7, 196. 
alfredi, Hirundo, lx, lxii, 573. 

, Petroohelidon, lx. 

alpestris, Cecropis, 347, 357. 

, Hirundo, xxxiv, 347, 357, 366. 

alpestris japonica, Hiruudo, lii. 

, Lillia, lvii, 357. 

Ambergris Swallow xxxvii, xl. 
ambigua, Hirundo, lxii, 303. 
ambrosiaca, Hirundo, xxxvi, xxxvii, 

xl, xliii. 
American Chimney-Swallow, 253. 
americana, Cecropis, 254. 
, Hirundo, xxxvi, xxxix, xlii, 

xliii, 249, 253, 531. 
, Petroohelidon, 531. 

Amnochelidon, 523. 
anchiette, Hirundo, lx, 330. 
andamanensis, Hirundo, lx, 242. 
Andean Swallow, 499. 
andeeola, Hirundo, 1, 499. 
anderssoni, Biblis, 97, 119, 130, 134. 

, Cotile, 119. 

, Ptyonoprogne, 1. 

Andersson's Rock-Martin, 119. 

Angola Swallow, 293. 

angolensis, Hirundo, lx, lxiv, 210, 

293, 300, 412. 
antinorii, Psalidoproene, lxiii, 601, 

615, 625, 630. 
Antinori's Rough-winged Swallow, 

Antrochelidon, lx. 

nigricans, lx. 

Aoonalashka Swallow, xxxvii, xl. 
apus, Cypselus, xxxii, xxxiii. xxxiv, 

xxxvi, xl. 
, Hirundo, xxxii, xxxiii, xxxiv, 

xxxviii, xl, xliii. 
, Micropus, xxxii. 

arborea, Chelidon, 525, 585. 

-, Collocalia, liii, 525. 

, Herse, 525. 

archetes, Cecropis, lxii, 393. 

archetes, Hirundo, 393. 

arcticincta, Hirundo, lxvi, lxvii. 

arctivitta, Cecropis, lxi, 365. 

, Hirundo, 210, 295, 300, 366. 

, Lillia, 366. 

arenaria, Hirundo, xliii. 

ariel, Chelidon, 585. 

, Collocalia, li, 585. 

, Herse, 585. 

, Hirundo, 585. 

, Lageuoplastes, lix, 585. 

, Lillia, 5S5. 

, Petroohelidon, li, 523, 585, 

595, 598. 

Ash-bellied Swallow, xxxvii, xl, 

Ashy-rumped Rough-winged Swal- 
low, 651. 

astigma, Hirundo, lxvii, 383. 

atra, Hirundo, xliv. 

atrocaerulea, Hirundo, liv, 210, 319, 
322, 415. 

Atticora, liii, lxi, 493, 517. 

albiceps, 623. 

albiscapulata, liii. 

cinerea, xxxii, xl, 1, lii, lv, 

lxvi, 493, 499, 517, 520. 

cyanoleuca, xliv, xlv, xlvi, 

xlvii, 1, lviii, lix, 493, 505, 518. 

— cvpseloides, lviii, 335. 

— fasciata, liii, 317, 493, 495, 
517, 520. 

— fucata, 493, 515, 518, 520. 

— griseopyga, lx, 335. 
hamigera, lv, 603. 

— hemipyga, lviii, 505. 
— ■ holomelajna, 603, 613. 

— holomelas, 603, 607. 

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Attioora melanoleuca, xlvii, 493, 

503, 517, 520. 

melbina, lv, 335. 

montana, lix, 506. 

murina, 499. 

nigrita, 317. 

nitons, lvi, 601. 

■ obscura, lvi, 607. 

— ■ — pileata, lvii, lis, 493, 513, 518, 


pristoptera, 621. 

tibialis, lv,493, 501, 517, 520. 

Australian Swallow, 289. 
australis, Hirundo, 525. 

, Hirundo pyrrhonota, lii. 

Azara's Purple Martin, 469. 

badia, Cooropis, lv, 393. 

, Hirundo, lxii, 211, 393, 422, 

Bahama Swallow, 185. 
baioalensis, Hirundo, lxiii, 249. 
Barn-Swallow, xlvi. 
beaussoneauti, Hirundo, li. 
Benguela Cliff-Swallow, 571. 
Biblis, 1, 3, 97, 129. 

anderssoni, 97, 119, 130, 134. 

concolor, xlix, 97, 123, 131 , 134. 

fuligula, lii, 97, 115, 130, 134. 

obsoleta, lv, lxi, 97, 111, 129, 


rufigula, 97, 121, 130, 134. 

rupestris, xxxix, 1, li, lii, 97, 

100, 129, 134. 
bicolor, Chelidon, 155. 

, Herse, 155. 

, Hirundo, xlii, lxii, 155. 

, Iridoproene, lxii, 156. 

, Petrochelidon, 156. 

, Tachycineta, xxxvii, xlii, xlvi, 

xlvii, xlviii, 155, 156, 189, 196. 

Black-collared Swallow, 503. 

Black Bough-winged Swallow, 603. 

Swallow, xxxvii, xl. 

blakistoni, Chelidon, lviii, 23. 

Blakiston's Martin, 23. 

Blanford's Swallow, 307. 

Blue-and-white Swallow, 505. 

Blue Rough-winged Swallow, 621. 

Swallow, xlvi, 319. 

boissoneauti, Cecropis, 237. 

, Hirundo, li, 215, 237. 

borbonica, Cotyle, 201. 

borbonica, Hirundo, xxxiv, xxxvi, 
xxxviii, xxxix, xliv, 201, 205. 

, Phedina, lvii, 201, 208. 

, Progne, 205. 

borealis, Hirundo, lxiii, 242. 
Bourbon Striped Swallow, 201. 
Brazilian Swallow, xxxvii. 
brazzte, Phedina, lxiv, lxvi, 207. 
brevicaudata, Cotyle, 81. 

, Hirundo, li, 81. 

brevirostris, Collocalia, li. 

, Hirundo, li. 

Brown-collared Sand-Martin, 67. 

Swallow, xxxvii, xl, 67. 

Brunette, La, xli, 73. 
Swallow, xlvi. 

cachirica, Cotyle, 111. 
casrulea, Hirundo, xli, xliii, 439. 
caffer, Cypselus, xli, xliv, xlv. 
cahirica, Cecropis, 237. 

, Cotyle, lv, 111. 

, Hirundo, xlvi, 215, 237, 238. 

Callichelidon, lix. 

cyaneoviridis, lix, 185. 

cuchrysea, 407. 

Camoroons Rough-winged Swallow, 

caminicola, Hirundo, xliii. 
Canada Swallow, xxxvii, 439. 
Candida, Hirundo, 8. 
Cape Swallow, xxxvii, xxxix. 
capensis, Cecropis, 337. 
, Hirundo, xxxix, xli, xlv, xlviii, 

xlix, 337, 341, 347. 
-, Lillia, 337. 

Caribbean Cliff-Swallow, 561. 

Purple Martin, 465. 

Cashmere Martin, 19. 
cashmiriensis, Chelidon, lvii, lxiv, 6, 
9, 19, 35, 38. 

, Chelidonaria, 5. 

, Hirundo, 19. 

castanea, Hirundo, xlix, 237. 
cayennensis, Hirundo, xl. 

, Panyptila, xxxiii, xxxvi, xl. 

Cecropis, xlviii, xlix", 209. 

abyssinica, 341. 

alpestris, 347, 357. 

americana, 254. 

archetes, lxii, 393. 

arctivitta, lxi, 365. 

badius, lv, 393. 

Cecropis boissoneauti, 237. 

cahirica, 237. 

capensis, 337. 

- — — chalybea, 473. 

cucullata, 337. 

cyanopyrrha, 254. 

daurica, 371. 

erythropygia, 366. 

— fasciata, 495. 

filicauda, 330. 

filicaudata, 330. 

filifera, 329. 

frontalis, 280. 

fulva, 561. 

hyperythra, 389. 

javanica, 242. 

jewan, 242. 

lunifrons, 531. 

melanocrissa, liii, 379, 399. 

melanoleuca, 503. 

nigricans, 525. 

nipalensis, 365. 

pagorum, xlix, 215. 

panayana, 242. 

pyrrhonota, 525, 531. 

riocouri, 237. 

rufa, 254. 

ruficollis, 647. 

rufifrons, 307. 

rustica, xlix, 215. 

rusticoides, 242. 

savignii, 237. 

senegalensis, 399. 

smithii, 329. 

striolata, liii, 341, 361. 

subis, 440. 

taitensis, 275. 

violacea, 440. 

cerdo, Hirundo, xl. 

Coylonese Chestnut Mosque-Swallow, 

Choetura, xlviii. 

acuta, xxxiii, xxxvi. 

pelasgia, xxxiv, xl. 

poliura, xxxiv, xxxvi, xxxix. 

spinicauda, xxxiv, xxxix. 

■ zonaris, xliv, xlvi. 

chalybea, Cecropis, 473. 

, Hirundo, xxxii, xxxvi, xl, 473. 

, Progne, xxxiii, xl, 437, 473, 

488, 490. 
— , Psalidoprocne, lxvi, 601, 609, 

625, 630. 



Chalybeate Swallow, xxxvii, xl, 473. 
Chelidon, xliv, xlvii, lxi, lxiii, lxv, 209. 

albigena, lviii, 6, 29, 38. 

arborea, 505, 525. 

ariel, 5S5. 

bieolor, 155. 

blakistoni, lviii, 23. 

cashmiriensis, lvii, lxiv, 6, 9, 

19, 35, 38. 
dasypus, lviii, lxiv, 6, 19, 23, 

35, 38. 

erythrogastra, 249, 254. 

fenestrarum, xlix. 

gutturalis, 242, 411. 

lagopus, lviii, 6, 25, 36, 38. 

leucogastra, 155. 

leucopyga, lvi. 

leucosoma, 311. 

mierorhynchos, xlix. 

namiyei, lxiv, 287. 

nigricans, 525. 

nipalensis, lxvi, 6, 31, 36, 38. 

pristoptera, 1, 621. 

progne, xliii, 215. 

rupestris, xlvi, xlix, 99. 

savignii, 238. 

thalassina, 175. 

tytleri, 249. 

urbioa, xxxiii, xlvi, xlix, lxiv, 

lxvi, 5, 7, 19, 38. 
whitelyi, lviii, 25. 

Chelidonaria, lxv, 5. 

albigena, 5. 

cashmiriensis, 5. 

dasypus, 5. 

lagopus, 5. 

nipalensis, 5. 

urbica, 5. 

Cheramceca, liv, 3, 431, 435. 

leucosternum, li, liv, 433. 

Chilian Swallow, 153. 
Chimney-Swallow, xxxvii, xliii, 213, 

215, 253. 

, American, 253. 

, Eastern, Ixvii, 241. 

, Senegambian, 297. 

, White-bodied, 311. 

ohinensis, Hirundo, xlix, 81. 

Chinese Swift, xl. 

cincta, Clivicola, 41, 89. 

, Cotile, xxxiii, lx, lxvi, 41, 67, 

89, 94. 
, Cotyle, 41, 67. 

cincta, Hirundo, xxxvi, xxxvii, 

xxxviii, xl, 67. 
cinerascens, Hirundo, xliii. 
cinerea, Atticora, xxxii, xl, 1, lii, lv, 

lvi, 493, 499. 

, Clivicola, 46. 

, Hirundo, xxxvi, xxxvii, xl, xliv, 

43, 499. 
Cliff-Swallow, Benguela, 571. 

, Caribbean, 561. 

, Fairy, 505. 

, Indian, 577. 

, North- American, 531. 

, Peruvian, 567. 

, South- African, 573. 

, Swainson's, 555. 

, Timor, 529. 

, White-rumped, 525. 

Clivicola, xliv, xlvi, lxiii, 41. 

cincta, 41. 

cinerea, 46. 

congica, 41. 

cowani, 41. 

diluta, 41. 

europasa, xliii, 43. 

minor, 41, 89. 

— — paludicola, 41. 

riparia, 41, 45. 

rupestris, 100. 

shelleyi, 41. 

sinensis, 41. 

Collared Swallow, xlvi. 
Coliocalia arborea, liii, 525. 

ariel, li, 5S5. 

brevirostris, li. 

esculenta, xxxii, xxxiv. 

francica, xxxviii. 

linchi, xlvi, xlix. 

Common Martlet, xliii. 

concolor, Biblis, 97, 123, 131, 134. 

, Cotile, lxv, 123. 

, Cotyle, 123. 

, Hirundo, xlix, 1, 123. 

, Krimnochelidon, lxii, 123. 

, Progne, 1, li, 437, 463, 4S7, 490. 

, Ptyonoprogne, 1, 123. 

congica, Clivicola, 41. 
— , Cotile, 41, 71, 94. 
Congo Sand-Martin, 71. 
Coromandel Swallow, xlvi. 
eoronata, Hirundo, xlviii, 555, 561. 
Cotile, xlv, xlvi, lxiii, 3, 41. 
anderssoni, 119. 

Cotile cincta, xxxiii, lx, lxvi, 41, 67, 

89, 94. 

concolor, 123. 

congica, 41, 71, 94. 

cowani, lxii, 41, 79, 90, 94. 

diluta, lxvi, 41, 53, 63, 94. 

eques, lx, 67. 

fucata, 515. 

fuligula, xli, lxiv, 115, 119. 

— — fulvipennis, lvii, 635, 642. 

minor, liv, 41, 53, 77, 89, 94. 

obscurior, lxi, 81. 

obsoleta, liv, lxiv, 111. 

paludicola, lxvi, 41, 73, 94. 

riparia, xxxiii, xliv, xlvi, li, 

lxvi, 41, 94, 640, 641, 642, 643, 

644, 653. 

ruficollis, 647. 

rufigula, lxiii, 121. 

rupestris, lxvi, 100. 

shelleyi, lxiv, 41, 53, 65, 94. 

sinensis, xlvi, li, lxi, 41, 46, 

81, 90, 94. 

subsoccata, 81. 

Cotyle, xlviii. 

albiventris, lvi, 73. 

borbonica, 201. 

■ brevicaudata, 81. 

cachirica, 111. 

cahirica, lv, 111. 

■ concolor, 123. 

eques, 67. 

flavigastra, 647, 651. 

fiuviatilis, xlix, 44. 

fucata, 515. 

fuligula, lvii, 115, 121, 651. 

jugularis, 647. 

leucoptera, 139. 

littoralis, lvi, 65, 77. 

mierorhynchos, xlix, 45 

minor, 77. 

obsoleta, 81, 111. 

pallida, 111. 

paludibula, 1, 73. 

■ paludicola, 1, lvii, 111. 

■ palustris, 73, 77. 

riparia, xlviii, xlix, 44, 65. 

ruficollis, 647, 651. 

rupestris, xlviii, xlix, 99, 111. 

serratipennis, lvi. 

serripennis, lvi. 

sinensis, 1, 81 . 

subsoccata, 81. 




Gotyle tapera, 479. 

torquata, 67. 

uropygialis, 651. 

cowani, Clivioola, 41. 

, Cotile, 41, 79, 90, 94. 

Crag-Martin, Pale, 111. 

Crag-Swallow, xxxviii, xxxix, 99. 

Crested Swallow, xlvi. 

cristata, Hirundo, xlv, lvii. 

cryptoleuca, Progne, lxx, 440. 

eucullata, Cecropis, 337. 

, Hirundo, xxxv, xxxvii, xxxviii, 

xxxix, lvi, 210, 337, 354, 418. 

cyaneoviridis, Callichelidon, lix, 185. 

, Hirundo, lvii, 185. 

, Tachycineta, 185, 193, 196. 

cyanoleuca, Atticora, xliv, xlvi, 1, 
lviii, lix, 493, 505, 518, 520. 

, Herse, 505. 

, Hirundo, xli, xliv, xlvii, liii, 


, Petroehelidon, 505. 

, Pygoehelidon, lix. 

cyanopyrrha, Cecropis, 254. 

, Hirundo, xli, xliv, 254. 

cypselina, Psalidoprocne, liv, 603. 
cypseloides, Atticora, lviii, 335. 

, Hirundo, 335. 

Cypseloides niger, xxxii, xxxiii, 
xxxvi, xxxvii, xl. 

rutilus, xlv, xlix. 

Cypselus africanus, xliv, xlv. 

apus, xxxii, xxxiii, xxxiv, 

x xx vi, xl, xliii. 

caffer, xli, xliv, xlv. 

gutturalis, xli. 

melba, xxxiv, xxxvi. 

major, xliii. 

niger, xliii. 

Darwin's Purple Martin, 463. 
dasypus, Cbelidon, lviii, lxiv, 6, 19, 

23, 35, 38. 

, Chelidonaria, 5. 

, Delichon, 23. 

— , Hirundo, 23. 

Daurian Mosque-Swallow, 357. 

Swallow, xxxvii. 

daurica, Cecropis, 365, 371. 

. Hirundo, xxxiv, xl, lxii, lxvi, 

210, 257, 347, 361, 365, 371, 

386, 419. 
, Lillia, 365. 

Deans Cowan's Sand-Martin, 79. 
Delichon, lvi, 5. 

nipaleusis, lvi, 31. 

dichroa, Hirundo, lvi. 

, Clivicola, 41. 

diluta, Cotile, lxvi, 41, 63, 94. 

dimidiata, Hemicecrops, 313. 

, Hirundo, liv, Iv, lvi, 210, 313, 

322, 414. 
domestica, Hirundo, xli, xlii, xliii, 

xliv, 7, 213, 437, 469. 
, Progne, 437, 469, 473, 488, 

domicella, Hirundo, lxi, lxiv, 211 

381,- 386. 

, Lillia, 381. 

domicola, Hirundo, Hi, 280. 

, Hypurolepis, lx, 280. 

dominicensis, Hirundo, xxxii, xxxiii, 

xxxvi, xl, xlii, lx, 465. 
, Progne, xlii, 437, 465, 469, 

473, 487, 490. 

, Hirundo euchrysea, var., 409. 

Dun-rumped Swallow, xlvi, 525. 
Dusky Pock-Martin, 123. 
Swallow, xlvi. 

Eastern Chimney-Swallow, lxvii,241. 

■ Kough-winged Swallow, 813. 

Egyptian Sand-Martin, 65. 

— - Swallow, 237. 

elegans, Progne, lix, 440, 459, 469. 

Elgon Swallow, 295. 

emini, Hirundo, lxvi, lxvii, 211, 383, 

empusa, Lagenoplastes, lix, 577. 
eques, Cotile, lx, 67. 

, Cotyle, 67. 

erythrocephala, Herse, 577. 

, Hirundo, xli, 577. 

erythrogaster, Chelidon, 249. 

, Hirundo, xxxiii, xxxv, xxxvii, 

xxxix, xli, xlii, xliv, xlviii, 253, 

erythrogastra, Chelidon, 254. 
, Hirundo, xxxiii, lxvi, 209, 

217, 218, 249, 253, 254, 272. 
erythropygia, Cecropis, 366, 371. 
, Hirundo, xlix, lxvi, 211, 347, 

365, 371, 386, 421. 
, Lillia, 371. 

Esculent Swallow, xxxviii, xxxix. 
esculenta, Collocalia, xxxii, xxxiv. 

esculenta, Hirundo, xxxii, xxxiv, 

xxxviii, xxxix. 
euchrysea, Callichelidon, 407. 

, Herse, 407. 

, Hirundo, Hi, liv, lx, lxvi, 211, 

407, 426, 428. 
, var. dominicensis, Hirundo, 


, Petroehelidon, 407. 

, Tachycineta, 407. 

europsea, Clivicola, xliii, 43. 
, Riparia, xliv. 

Fairy Cliff-Swallow, 585. 

Fantee Eough-winged Swallow, 607. 

fasciata, Atticora, liii, 317, 433, 495, 

517, 520, 650. 

, Cecropis, 495. 

, Hirundo, xxxiii, xxxvii, xl, 

xliii, 495. 
fenostrala, Hirundo, xliii. 
fenestrarum, Chelidon, xlix, 8, 9. 
filicauda, Cecropis, 330. 

, Hirundo, 330. 

filicaudata, Cecropis, 330. 

, Hirundo, xlix, 329. 

filifera, Cecropis, 329. 

, Hirundo, xlviii, 329. 

, Uromitus, 330. 

filiferus, Uromitus, 330. 
Fischer's Rock-Martin, 121. 
flavigastra, Cotyle, 647, 651. 

, Hirundo, xliv, 647. 

flavigula, Stelgidopteryx, 636. 
flaviventer, Hirundo, xlix. 
fluminicola, Hirundo, 577. 
fluvialis, Hirundo, xliii. 
fluviatilis, Cotyle, xlix, 45. 
fluvieola, Hirundo, lvi, 577. 

, Lagenoplastes, 577. 

, Petroehelidon, xxxvii, xl, lix, 

577, 593, 598. 
francica, Collocalia, xxxviii. 

, Hirundo, xxxix. 

freuata, Hirundo, 242. 
fretensis, Hirundo, lix, 242, 28t). 
frontalis, Cecropis, 380. 

, Herse, 2S0. 

, Hirundo, xlviii, 1, lvi, 143, 

279, 289. 
fucata, Atticora, 493, 515, 518, 520. 

, Cotile, 515. 

, Cotyle, 515. 



fucata, Herse, 515. 

• , Hirundo, xlvii, xlviii, 515. 

fuliginosa, Psalidoprocne, 601, 619, 

625, 630. 
fuligula, Biblis, Hi, 97, 115, 130. 

, Cotile, xli, lxiv, 115. 

, Cotyle, lvii, 115. 

, Hirundo, xli, li, lii, lvi, 115. 

, Ptyonoprogne, 1. 

fulva, Cecropis, 561. 

, Herse, 531, 561. 

, Hirundo, xlii, xlvii, 531, 

, Petrochelidon, xlii, xlvii, liii, 

523, 531, 561, 567, 592, 598. 
fulvigula, Cotyle, 651. 

, Stelgidopteryx, lix, 651. 

fulvipennis, Cotile, lvii, 635, 642. 

, Stelgidopteryx, 636. 

Fulvous Swallow, xlvi. 
fulvus, Hirundo, 531. 
fumaria, Hirundo, xlviii, 254. 
furcata, Progne, xxxvii, liii, lix, 437, 

fusca, Hirundo, xliv, 479. 

, Plueoprogne, lix, 479. 

, Progne, 479. 

fuscieapilla, Hirundo, lxi, 330. 

Golondrina domestica, xli, xliv, 

parda, xli, xliv, 479. 

rabadilla acanelada, xli, 531. 

blanca, xli, xliv, 


timoneles negros, xli, xliv, xlvi, 


vientre amarallazo, xli, xliv, 

xlvi, 647. 

roxozo, xli. 

gordoni, Cecropis, 397. 

, Hirundo, lv, lxiv, 211, 397, 

424, 423. 
Gordon's Swallow, 397. 
gouldii, Hirundo, lv, 143. 
Grande Hirondelle brune a ventre 

tachete, 201. 
a ventre roux du Senegal, 


Grand Martinet, xxxiii. 

de la Chine, xxxix. 

Great African Mosque-Swallow, 399. 

Great American Martin, xxxiii, 439. 
Green Swallow, South - American, 

Grey-rumped Swallow, xxxviii, 

griseopyga, Atticora, Ix, 335. 
, Hirundo, liv, lv, lviii, lxiii, 

210, 335, 354, 417. 
Guatemalan Swallow, 513. 
gularis, Hirundo, xlv. 
gutturalis, Chelidon, 242. 
, Hirundo, xxxv, xxxix, xlii, 

xlix, liii, lix, lx, lxiii, lxvii, 209, 

217, 218, 241,242, 249, 272,411. 

hamigera, Atticora, lv, 603. 
Hemicecropis, lvii, 209. 

leucosoma, lvii, 311. 

hemipyga, Atticora, lviii, 505. 
Herse arborea, 525. 

ariel, 585. 

bicolor, 155. 

cyanoleuca, 505. 

erythrocephala, 577. 

euchrysea, 407. 

frontalis, 280. 

fucata, 515. 

fulva, 531, 561. 

hyperythra, 389. 

leucoptera, 139. 

leucorrhoa, 143. 

lunifrons, 531, 532. 

melanoleuca, 503. 

nigricans, -ozo. 
pyrrhonota, 525. 
tahitica, 275. 

taitensis, 275. 

thalassina, 175. 

hcsperia, Progne, lxvi, 455. 

Heuglin's Martin, 29. 

Hibernation of Swallows, supposed, 

Himalayan Martin, 31. 
Hirondelle a bande blanche sur le 

ventre, xxxiii, 495. 

a cei^ture blanche, xxxv, 495. 

a croupion blanc, 7. 

a croupion gris, Petite, xxxviii. 

a croupion rouge et queue carre'e, 

xxxvi, 531. 

a croupion roux, xxxviii. 

acutipenne, xxxix. 

a front roux, xli, xlv, xlvi, lvii. 

Hirondelle a queue pointue de 

Cayenne, xxxiv. 
a. queue pointue de la Louisiane, 

a tete rousse du Cap de Bonne 

Espe'rance, xxxiii, 337. 

a ventre blanc, xlii. 

a ventre blanc de Cayenne. 

xxxiii, xxxvi, xxxviii, 139. 

a ventre roux, xxxix. 

a ventre roux de Cayenne, 

xxxiii, xxxv, 253. 
a ventre roux de Senegal, xxxiii, 

xxxv, 399. 

ambre'e, xxxvi. 

au capuchon roux, xxxv. 

au croupion blanc, xxxvi. 

bicolor, xlii. 

blanche, xxxi, xxxvii. 

bleue, xxxviii, xli. 

brune a collier du Cap de Bonne 

Espe'rance, xxxiii, 67. 

brune acutipenne de la Loui- 
siane, xxxvi. 

brune a ventre tachete, Grande, 

xxxvi, xxxviii, 201. 

brune de l'isle de Bourbon. 


brune et blanche k ceinture 

brune, xxxvi, xxxviii. 

Cumaria, xxxix. 

d'Ame'rique, xxxi, xxxii, xxxiii. 

d'Antigue, xxxv, xxxix, 241. 

d'Antigue a gorge couleur de 

rouille, 241. 

de Cayenne, xxxii, xxxiii, xxxvi, 

xxxviii, 473. 

de Cheminee, xxxi, xxxv, 

xxxviii, 213. 

d'Espagne, Grande, xxxii. 

de Fenetre, xxxvi, 7. 

de l'Amerique, 479. 

do la Baie de Hudson, xxxiii. 


de la Caroline, xxxii. 

de la Louisiane, xxxiii, 439. 

de la Martinique, xxxii. 

de l'isle de Bourbon, xxxiv, 

xxxviii, xxxix, 201. 
dc Marais, xli. xlv, xlvi, 




Hirondelle de Bivage, xxxii, xxxiii, 

xxxvi, xxxviii, 43. 
de Eivage de la Cocbinchine, 

de Rivage du Senegal, xxxii, 


— de S. Domingue, xxxii, xxxiii, 

— des Bles, xxxvi, xxxviii, 201. 
des Cheminees, xxxiii, xlv. 

— des Marais, 73. 

domestique, xxxv. 

du Perou, xxxii, 499. 

du Perou, Grande, xxxii. 

fauve, xli, xlii, xlvi, Ivii, 115. 

grise des Eoehers, xxxvi, 97. 

huppee, xli, xlv, xlvi, lvii. 

, Petite, 7. 

noire a croupion gris, xxxvi. 

noire acutipenne de la Marti- 
nique, xxxvi, xxxviii. 

noire a ventre cendree, La 

Petite, xxxvi, 499. 
— rousse, xlii. 

rousseline, xli, xlv, xlix, lvi. 

tachetce, xxxiii, xxxviii. 

Hirundo, 3, 209, 411. 

abyssinica, lii, 341. 

acuta, xl. 

ffithiopica, Ixiv, 210, 307, 322. 

agrestis, xliii, 413. 

— — alba, xxxix. 

albieollis, xliv. 

albigula, 303. 

albigularis, xli, liv, lvi, lxii, 

210, 303, 307, 322, 413. 

albilinea, 149. 

albilineata, 149. 

albiventer, xxxvi, xxxvii, 

xxxviii, xl, 139. 

albiventris, xliv, 139, 465. 

alfredi, lx, 573. 

alpestris, xxxiv, 347, 357, 366. 

alpestris japonioa, lii. 

ambigua, lxii, 303. 

ambrosiaca, xxxii, xxxvi, xxxvii, 

xl, xliii. 
americana, xxxvi, xxxix, xlii, 

xliii, 249, 253, 531. 

anchieta?, lx, 330. 

— andamanensis, lx, 242. 

andeoola, 1, 499. 

angolensis, lx, lxiv, 210, 293, 

300, 412. 

Hirundo apus, xxxii, xxxiv, xxxviii, 

xl, xliii. 

arborea, 525. 

■ arctieineta, lxvi, lxvii, 210, 

295, 300, 412. 

arenaria, xliii. 

ariel, 585. 

astigma, lxvii, 383. 

atra, xliv. 

atrocserulea, liv, 210, 319, 322, 


australis, 525. 

badia, lxii, 211, 393, 422, 428. 

baicalensis, lxiii, 249. 

beaussoneauti, li. 

latirostris, 237. 

miororhynchos, 237. 

minor, 238. 

— — bieolor, xlii, 155. 

■ boissoneauti, li, 215, 237. 

— — borbonica, xxxiv, xxxvi, 

xxxviii, xxxix, 201, 205. 

borealis, lxiii, 242. 

brevicaudata, li, 81. 

brevirostris, li. 

caBrulea, xli, xliii, 439. 

cahirica, xlvi, 215, 237, 238. 

caminieola, xliii. 

capensis, xxxix, xli, xlv, xlix, 

337, 341, 347. 
oastanea, xlix, 237. 

cayennensis, xl. 

— eerdo, xl. 

— chalybea, xxxii, xxxvi, xl, 473. 
chinensis, xlix, 81. 

cinota, xxxvi, xxxvii, xxxviii, 

xl, 67. 

cineraseens, xliii. 

cinerea, xxxvi, xxxvii, xl, xliv, 

xlv, 43. 

concolor, xlix, 1, 123. 

coronata, xlviii, 555, 561. 

■ — — ■ cristata, xliv, xlv, lvii. 

cucullata, xxxiii, xxxv, xxxvii, 

xxxviii, xxxix, xli, lvi, 210, 337, 

354, 418. 

cyaneoviridis, lvii, 185. 

cyanoleuca, xli, xiiv, liii, 505. 

cyanopyrrha, xli, xliv, 254. 

cypseloides, 335. 

daurica, xxxiv, xl, lxvi, lxvii, 

210,257, 347, 361, 365, 371,386, 

— - — dichroa, lvi. 

Hirundo dimidiata, liv, lv, lvi, 210, 

313, 322, 414. 
domestiea, xli, xlii, xliii, xliv, 

domicella, lx, lxi, lxiv, 211, 

381, 386, 421. 

domieola, 280. 

dominieensis, xxxii, xxxiii, 

xxxvi, xxxvii, xl, xlii, lii, 465. 
— emini, lxvi, lxvii, 211, 383, 


— ■ erythrocepbala, xl, 577. 
erythrogaster, xxxiii, xxxv, 

xxxvii, xxxix, xli, xlii, xliv, xlix, 

253, 559. 
: — ■ erythrogastra, lxvi, 209, 217, 

218, 249, 253, 254, 272. 
erythropygia, xlix, lxvi, 211, 

347, 365, 371, 386, 421. 
esoulenta, xxxii, xxxiv, xxxvi, 

xxxviii, xxxix. 
euehrysea, liii, liv, lx, lxvi, 211, 

407, 426, 428. 
, var. dominieensis, 409. 

fasciata, xxxiii, xxxvii, xl, 

xliii, 495. 

— fenestrala, xliii. 
— ■ filicauda, 330. 

— filicaudata, xlix, 329. 
filifera, xlviii, 329. 

— flavigastra, xliv, 647. 

— flaviventer, xlix. 

— fluminicola, 577. 

— fluvieola, lvi, 577. 

— iluvialis, xliii. 

— francica, xxxix. 

— frenata, 242. 

— fretensis, lix, 242, 280. 

— frontalis, xlviii, 1, lv, 143, 279, 


fucata, xlvii, xlviii, 515. 

fuligula, li, 115. 

fulva, xlii, xlvii, 531, 561. 

fulvus, 531. 

fumaria, xlviii, 254. 

fusea, xliv. 

i'uscieapilla, lx, 330. 

— gordoni, lv, lxiv, 211, 397, 424, 

gouldii, lv, 143. 

griseopyga, liv, lviii, lxiii, 210, 

335, 354, 417. 

— gularis, xlv. 

gutturalis, xxxv, xxxix, xlii, 



xlix, liii, lix, lx, lxiii, lxvii, 209, 

217, 21S, 241, 242, 249, 272, 411. 
Hirundo holomelas, liv, 603. 

■ horreorum, xli, 253. 

hortensis, xlvi, 647. 

hyemalis, lii, 115. 

hyperythra, liv, 211, 389, 422, 


indica, xl, xlv. 

inornata, lii, 100. 

intermedia, 357. 

japonica, 361, 365. 

javanica, xl, xlvi, xlvii, xlviii, 

lii, lxvi, 209, 279, 289, 300, 411. 

jewan, xlix, 242. 

jugularis, xlv, xlvii, 647. 

kamtsehatica, lxiii, 242. 

kamtsohatika, 242. 

klecho, xlvi. 

korthalsi, lvi, 341. 

lagopoda, xlii. 

latirostris, lix. 

leueogaster, 155. 

leuooptera, xl, 139. 

leucopyga, liv, 143, 153. 

leucopygia, lxii, 149, 153. 

leucorrhoa, xli, xliv, xlv, xlvii, 

139, 143, 153. 

leucosoma, 1, lxiv, 210, 311, 

311, 322, 414. 

leucosternum, li. 

lucida, lvii, 210, 297, 300, 413. 

ludoviciana, xlii, 439. 

lunifrons, xlvii, 531, 573. 

maculata, xxxviii. 

marina indigena, xliii. 

martinieana, xxxii. 

melanoerissa, 211, 379, 386, 

397, 399, 421. 

- melanogaster, xlviii, lvii, 555, 

melanoleuca, xlv, xlvii, liii, 

503, 505. 

melanopyga, xlvi, 505. 

melba, xxxiii, xxxiv, xl. 

melbina, 335. 

'meyeni, 153. 

mierorhyncbos, lix. 

minuta, xlv, xlvii, 1, 81, 505. 

modesta, li, 463. 

montana, xxxix, 99. 

monteiri, lviii, 211, 403, 425, 


moschata, lvi. 

Hirundo murina, 499. 

namiyei, lxvi, 209, 287, 300, 


neoxena, li, 210, 2S0, 2S9, 300. 

nigra, xxxii, xl, 412. 

nigricans, xliv, xlviii, lii, lix, 

525, 529. 

nigrita, liii, 210, 317, 322, 414. 

nigrorufa, lxii, 210, 325, 354, 


nipalensis, 1, lxi, lxvi, 210, 

347, 365, 386. 

nitens, 611. 

— obscura, 607. 

— opifex, xlvii, 531. 

— orientalis, lii, 215, 237. 

— paeiiica, 280, 289. 

— paludieola, xli, xliv. 

palustris, xliv, xlv, 73. 

panayana, xxxix, xliii, 242. 

pascuum, xlviii, 479. 

patagoniea, 1. 

pay ana, 242. 

pelagiea, xxxii. 

pelasgia, xxxii, xxxiv, xxxviii, 

xxxix, xl. 

peruviana, xl, lii. 

■ philippenensis, xliii. 

platensis, xlv. 

poeeiloma, liii, 561. 

poucheti, lxiii, 335. 

prasina, xlviii, 155. 

pratincola, xxxiv. 

pristoptera, 1, 621. 

puella, lii, liii, lv, 210, 341, 

354, 418. 
purpurea, xxxi, xxxii, xxxiv, 

xxxvii, xxxix, 439. 
pyrrhokema, lii, 275. 

pyrrbonota, xli, xliv, xlv, 

xlvii, lii, 525. 

republicana, xlvii, 531. 

riocouri, xlvii, lx, 215, 237, 

riparia, xxxiii, xxxiv, xxxvi, 

xxxvii, xxxviii, xxxix, xlii, xliii, 


— ■ robini, xlix. 
— - rufa, xxxix, xlii, 237, 249, 253. 

rufieeps, xlvi, 329. 

ruficollaris, liii, 567. 

ruficollis, xli, xliv, 647. 

rufifrons, xli, xliv, xlv, li, 303, 


Hirundo rufigula, lxii, 571. 

rufula, xliii, xlix, li, 210, 337, 

347, 354, 379, 399, 418. 
rupestris, xxxiv, xxxvi, xxxix. 

xliii, 99. 
rupicola, xliii, 1, 100. 

rustica, xxxi, xxxiii, xxxiv, 

xxxv, xxxvii, xxxviii, xli, xlii, 
xliii, xlv, xlvi, xlix, 1, li, lxiii, 
lxvi, lxvii, 209, 213, 217, 218, 
242, 249, 254, 272. 

rusticoides, liii. 

rutila, xliv. 

— saturata, lxiii, 249. 

savignii, xlv, xlvi, xlvii, xlix, 

lii, 209, 215, 217, 218, 237, 249, 

272, 411. 

scapularis, lv, lxiv, 313. 

sclateri, lx, lxiii, 211,409, 426, 


scullii, lxiii, 347. 

semirufa, liv, lxiv, 211, 395, 

424, 428. 

senegalensis, xxxii, xxxiv, 

xxxv, xxxvii, xxxviii, xl, 211, 
399, 425, 428. 

- serripennis, li, 643. 

sinensis, xl, xlix, SI. 

sniithii, xxxvii, xlv, xlvi, xlix, 

lx, lxiv, 210, 327, 354. 

— spilodera, liv, 573, 416. 
spinicauda, xlvii. 

striolata, lii, liii, lxiv, lxvi, 

210, 341, 361, 3S6, 419. 

— subfusca, lvi, 275. 

subis, xxxiv, xxxvii, xxxviii. 

xl, 439. 
— subsoccata, 1, 81. 

substriolata, 357, 361. 

tahitica, xxxvii, xxxix, 


lii, lxvi, 209,273, 300, 411. 

taitensis, 275. 

tapera, xxxii, xxxdv, xxxvi. 

xxxvii, xxxviii, xl, xli, xliii. 


— thalassina, xlviii, 175. 
torquata, xxxvi, xl, 67. 

— tytleri, lix, lxiii. lxiv, 209. 217 
218, 249, 272. 

unalasebkensis, xl. 

urbica, xxxi, xxxvi, xxxvii, 

xxxviii, xxxix, xliii, li, 5. 

— veloeissima, 330. 

— velox, xli, xliv, xlv. 



Hirundo versicolor, xliv, 439. 

vespertina, lxii, 156. 

violaeea, xl, 439. 

virescens, xliv. 

viridis, xlii, xlvii, 155. 

Hodgson's Mosque-Swallow, 365. 
holomelseua, Atticora, 603, 613. 
, Psalidoprocne, xli, li, liv, It, 

603, 625, 630. 
holomelas, Atticora, 603, 607. 

, Hirundo, liv, 603. 

, Psalidoprocne, 603. 

horreorum, Hirundo, xli, 253. 
hortensis, Hirundo, xlvi, 647. 
House-Martin, 7. 
Hydrochelidon nigricans, 525. 
hyemalis, Hirundo, lii, 115. 
Hylochelidon, lix, 523. 

nigricans, lix, 525. 

hyperythra, Cecropis, 389. 

, Herse, 389. 

, Hirundo, liv, 211, 389, 422, 

Hypurolepis, lx. 
domicola, lx, 280. 

Indian Cliff-Swallow, 577. 

Martin-Swallow, xlvi. 

Sand-Martin, 81. 

indica, Hirundo, xl, xlv. 
inornata, Hirundo, lii, 100. 
intermedia, Hirundo, 357. 

, Lillia, lxii, 357. 

Iridoprocne, lxii, 137. 
bicolor, xlii, 156. 

Jamaican Swallow, 407. 
japonica, Cecropis, 365. 

, Hirundo, lii, 361, 365. 

, Lillia, 366. 

Javan Mosque-Swallow, 361. 

Swallow, xlvi, 279. 

javanica, Cecropis, 242, 280. 

, Herse, 2S0. 

, Hirundo, xl, xlii, xlvi, xlvii, 

lii, lxvi, 209, 279, 289, 300, 411. 
, Hypurolepis, 280. 

jewan, Cecropis, 242. 

, Hirundo, xlix, 242. 

Johnston's Eough-winged Swallow, 

jugularis, Cotyle, 647. 
, Hirundo, xlv, xlvii, 647. 

kamtschatica, Hirundo, lxiii, 242. 
kamtschatika, Hiruudo, 242. 
kashmiriensis, Chelidon, 35. 
Klecho Swallow, xlvi. 
klecho, Hirundo, xlvi. 
korthalai, Hirundo, 341. 
Krimnochelidon, lxii, 97. 
concolor, lxii, 123. 

Lagenoplastes, lix, 523. 

ariel, lix, 585. 

empusa, lix, 577. 

fluvicola, 577. 

lagopoda, Chelidon, 25. 

, Hirundo, xlii, 25. 

lagopus, Chelidon, lviii, 6, 25, 36, 38. 

, Chelidonaria, 5. 

Large Eufous-headed Swallow, 337. 
latirostris, Chelidon, 9. 

, Hirundo, lix, 237. 

leucogaster, Hirundo, 155. 
leucogastra, Chelidon, 155. 

, Progne, 473. 

leucoptora, Cotyle, 139. 

, Horse, 139. 

, Hirundo, xl, 139. 

, Petroehelidon, 139. 

leucopyga, Chelidon, lvi. 

, Hirundo, liv, lxii, 143, 153. 

leucopygia, Hirundo, 149, 153. 
leucorrhoa, Cotyle, 143. 

, Herse, 143. 

, Hirundo, xli, xliv, xlv, xlvii, 

139, 143, 153. 

, Petroehelidon, 143. 

, Tachycineta, lvi, 143, 196. 

leucorrhous, Tachycineta, xlvii, 1, Iv, 

143, 187, 196. 
leucosoma, Chelidon, 311. 

, Hcmicecrops, lvii, 311. 

, Hirundo, 1, lxiv, 210, 311, 313, 

322, 414. 
leucosterna, Atticora, 433. 

, Chcramceoa, 433. 

leucosternon, Cheramoeqa, 433. 
leucosternum, Atticora, 433. 

, Cheramosca, li, liv, 433, 435. 

, Hirundo, li, 433. 

leucosternus, Hirundo, 433. 
Lillia, lvii, lxii, 209. 

alpestris, lvii, 357- 

aretivitta, 366. 

ariel, 5S5. 

Lillia eapensis, 337. 

dauriea, 365. 

intermedia, lxii, 357. 

japonica, 366. 

melanocrissa, 379. 

nipalensis, 366. 

striolata, 361. 

substriolata, lxii, 357. 

linohi, Collocalia, xlvi. 
Linchi Swallow, xlvi. 
littoralis, Cotyle, lvi, 65, 77. 
littorea, Petroehelidon, lix, 149. 
Liu-Kiu Swallow, 289. 
longipennis, Macropteryx, xlvi. 
lucida, Hirundo, lvii, 210, 297, 300, 

ludoviciana, Hirundo, xlii, 439. 
lunifrons, Cecropis, 531. 

, Herse, 532. 

, Hirundo, xlvii, 531, 573. 

, Petroehelidon, 531, 555. 

Macropteryx longipennis, xlvi. 
maculata, Hirundo, xxxviii. 
Madagascar Striped Swallow, 205. 
madagascariensis, Phedina, lviii, 205, 

207, 208. 
major, Cypselus, xliii. 
Malayan Chestnut Mosque-Swallow, 

Martin, xlviii, 7, S. 

, Azara's Purple, 469. 

, Blakistou's, 23. 

, Caribbean Purple, 465. 

, Cashmere, 19. 

, Darwin's Purple, 463. 

, Great American, xxxi, xxxiii, 


-, Heuglin's, 29. 

, Himalayan, 31. 

, House, 7. 

, Patagonian Purple, 459. 

, Purple, xxxi, 439. 

, Pock, 99. 

— — -, Sand, xliii, 43. 

, Tree, 479. 

, Western Purple, 455. 

, White-bellied Purple, 473. 

Martinet a collier blanc, xxxvi, 


a collier de Cayenne, xxxiii. 

a croupion blanc, xli, xlv. 

a cul blanc, xxxi, 7. 



Martinet a gorge blanche, xli, xlv. 

de la Caroline, xxxii, 439. 

de la Louisiane, xxxiii. 

de St. Domingue, xxxii. 

, Le Grand, xxxiii, 465. 

noir, xxxvi, xxxix. 

noir a ventre blanc, xxxvi. 

noir et blanc a ceiuture grise, 


, Petit, xxxiii, xxxvi, 7. 

velocifere, xli, xlv. 

martinicana, Hirundo, xxxii. 
Martlet, Common, xliii. 
melanocrissa, Cecropis, liii, 379, 399. 

. Hirundo, 211, 379, 383, 386, 

397, 399, 421. 
, Lillia, 379. 

melanogaster, Hirundo, xlviii, lvii, 

555, 561. 

, Petrochelidon, liv, 555. 

melanoleuca, Atticora, xlvii, 493, 503, 

517, 570. 

, Cecropis, 503. 

, Herse, 503. 

, Hirundo, xlv, xlvii, liii, 503, 

melanopyga, Hirundo, xlvi, 505. 
melba, Cypselus, xxxiv, xxxvi. 

, Hirundo, xxxiii, xxxiv, xl. 

melbina, Atticora, lv, 335. 

, Hirundo, 335. 

, Psalidoprocne, 335. 

meyeni, Hirundo, 153. 

, Petrochelidon. liv, 153. 

, Tachycineta, 137, 153, 188, 

Microchelidon, lviii, 493. 

tibialis, lviii, 501. 

Micropus africanus, xli. 

apus, xxxii. 

microrhynehos, Cotyle, xlix, 45. 

. Hirundo, lix, 237. 

minor, Clivicola, 41, 89. 

, Cotile, liv, 41, 77, 89, 94. 

, Cotyle, 77. 

, Hirundo, 238. 

minuta, Hirundo, xlv, xlvii, 1, 81, 505. 
modesta, Hirundo, li, 463. 

, Progne, liii, 459, 463. 

montana, Atticora, lix, 506. 

, Hirundo, xxxix, 99. 

monteiri, Hirundo, lviii, 211, 403, 

425, 428. 

Monteiro's Swallow, 403. 
Mosque-Swallow, Ceylonese Chestnut, 

, Daurian, 357. 

, Great African, 399. 

, Hodgson's, 365. 

, Javan, 361. 

, Malayan Chestnut, 393. 

, Small African, 381. 

, Sykes', 371. 

murina, Atticora, 499. 

, Hirundo, 499. 

, Petrochelidon, lv, 499. 

namiyei, Chelidon, lxiv, 287. 

, Hirundo, lxvi, 209, 287, 300, 

Neoehelidon, lviii, 493. 

tibialis, 501. 

neoxena, Hirundo, li, 210, 280, 289, 

300, 412. 
niger. Cypseloides, xxxii, xxxiii, 

xxxvi, xxxvii, xl. 

, Cypselus, xliii. 

nigra, Hirundo, xxxii, xl, 412. 
nigricans, Antroehelidon, lx. 

, Cecropis, 525. 

, ChelidoD, 525. 

, Herse, 525. 

. Hirundo, xliv, xlviii, lii, lix, 

525, 529. 

, Hydrochelidon, 525. 

, Hyloehelidon, lix, 525. 

, Petrochelidon, xlv, xlvi, 523, 

525, 589, 598. 
nigrita, Atticora, 317. 
, Hirundo, liii, 210, 317, 322, 


, Ptyonoprogne, 317. 

, Waldenia, lxi, 317. 

nigrorufa, Hirundo, lxii, 210, 325, 

354, 416. 
nipalensis, Cecropis, 365. 

, Chelidon, lxvi, 6, 31, 36, 3S. 

, Cheiidonaria, 5. 

, Delichon, lvi, 31. 

, Hirundo, 1, lxi, lxvi, 31, 210, 

347, 365, 386, 420. 
, Lillia, 366. 

nitens, Atticora, lvi, 611. 

, Hirundo, 611. 

, Psalidoprocne, 601, 611, 625, 


North-American Cliff-Swallow, 531. 
— — Eough-wiuged Swallow, 635. 
Notiochelidon, lix, 493. 
pileata, lix, 513. 

obscura, Atticora, lvi, 607. 

, Hirundo, 607. 

, Psalidoprocne, lvi, lxiv, 601, 

607, 623, 625, 630. 
obscurior, Cotile, lxi, 81. 
obsoleta, Biblis, lv, lxi, 97, 111, 129, 


, Cotile, liv, lxiv, 111. 

, Cotyle, 81,111. 

, Ptyonoprogne, 1, 111. 

opifex, Hirundo, xlvii, 531. 
orientalis, Hirundo, lii, 2 1 5, 237. 
, Psalidoprocne, lxvi, 601, 613, 

625, 630. 
Otaheite Swallow, xxxvii, xxxix, 275. 

Pacific Swallow, 275. 
pacifica, Hirundo, 280, 289. 

, Petrochelidon, 275. 

pagorum, Cecropis, xlrx, 215. 

, Hirundo, 215. 

Pale Rock-Martin, 111. 

Sand-Martin, 63. 

pallida, Cotyle, 111. 

, Hirundo, 8. 

, Ptyonoprogne, lxi, 111. 

paludibula, Cotyle, 1, 73. 
paludicola, Clivicola, 41. 

, Cotile, lvi, lxvi, 41, 73, 79. 


, Cotyle, 1, lvi, 73, 111. 

, Hirundo, xli, 1, lvi, 73. 

palustris, Cotyle, 73, 77, 111. 

, Hirundo, xliv, xlv, 73. 

Panayan Swallow, xxxvii, xxxix, 241 . 
panayana, Cecropis, 242. 

, Hirundo, xxxix, 242. 

Panyptila cayennensis, xxxiii, xxxvi, 

pascuum, Hirundo, xlviii. 

, Progne, 479. 

Patagonian Purple Martin, 459. 
patagonica, Atticora, 505. 

, Hirundo, 1, 505. 

payaua, Hirundo, 242. 
pelagica, Hirundo, xxxii. 




pelasgia, Choetura, sxxiv, si. 

, Hirundo, sssii, xssiv, sssviii, 

xsxis, xl. 
Peruvian Cliff-Swallow, 567. 

Swallow, sxxvii, xl. 

peruviana, Hirundo, lii. 
Petit Martinet, xxxiii. 

noir, xxxix. 

Petite Hirondelle, sxxi. 

petiti, Psalidoproene, lxi, lxvi, 601, 

613, 617, 625, 630.' 
Tetit's Rough-winged Swallow, 617. 
Petroclielidon, liv, lix, lx, 3, 523, 


albiventer, lviii, 139. 

albiventris, 139. 

alfredi, lx. 

amerieaua, 531. 

ariel, li, 523, 585, 595, 598. 

bicolor, 156. 

euebrysea, 407. 

fluvicola, xxxvii, xl, lis, 523, 

577, 593, 598. 
fulva, xlii, xlvii, 523, 531, 

561,567, 592, 598. 

leucoptera, 139. 

leucorrboa, 143. 

littorea, lix, ] 49. 

lunifrons, 531, 555. 

melanogaster, liv, 555. 

meyeni, liv, 153. 

murina, lv, 499. 

nigricans, sliv, xlvi, 523, 525, 

589, 598. 

pacifica, 275. 

pceciloma, 561. 

pvrrhonota, xxxviii, xxxix, 

xliv," xlvii, 523, 531, 532, 590, 

ruficoilaris, 523, 567, 569, 

593, 598. 
rufigula, lsiii, 523, 571, 593, 


spilodera, liv, Is, lsvi, 523, 573, 

593, 598. 

— ■ swainsonii, xlviii, lvii, 523, 
555, 559, 592, 593. 
tahitica, 275. 

— tapera, 479. 
tbalassina, 175. 

— tibialis, 501. 

timoriensis, xliv, 523, 529, 

590, 598. 

Pha;oprogne, lix, 437. 

fusca, lix, 479. 

tapera, 479. 

Phedina, lvii, 3, 196, 199. 

borbonica, xliv, lvii, 196, 199, 

201, 208. 

brazza;, Ixiv, 196, 199, 207. 

madagascariensis, lviii, 196, 

199, 205, 207, 208. 
philippenensis, Hirundo, sliii. 
Pied Swallow, slvi. 
pileata, Atticora, lviii, lix, 493, 513, 

518, 520. 

, Notiochelidon, lix, 513. 

platensis, Hirundo, xlv. 
pceciloma, Hirundo, liii, 561. 

, Petroclielidon, 561. 

poliura, Cha3tura, xxxiv, xxxvi, 

poucheti, Hirundo, lxiii, 335. 
prasina, Hirundo, slviii, 155. 
pratincola, Hirundo, xxxiv. 
Pristoptera, lvii, 601. 

typica, 621. 

pristoptera, Atticora, 621. 

, Chelidon, 1, 621. 

, Hirundo, 1, liii, 621. 

, Pristoptera, lvii, 621. 

, Psalidoproene, liii, 601, 621, 

625, 630. 
Progne, lxi, 3, 437, 487. 

borbonica, 205. 

chalybea, xxxiii, xl, 437, 469, 

473, 488, 490. 
concolor, 1, li, 437, 463, 487, 


crypt oleuca, lix, 440. 

— domestica, 437, 469, 473, 488, 

dorninieensis, xlii, xliv, 437, 

465, 469, 473, 487, 490. 

elegans, lix, 440, 459, 469. 

furcata, liii, lix, 437, 4o9, 

487, 490. 

■ hesperia, lxvi, 437, 455, 


— leueogastra, 473. 

modesta, liii, 459, 463. 

purpurea, xxsi, xxxiii, xxxiv, 

xxxvi, xxxvii, xl, xli, xlii, xliv, 
xlviii, lxvi, 437, 439, 455, 459, 
469, 473, 490. 
— subis, lxvi, 440, 455. 

Progne tapera, xxxiv, 437, 479, 488, 

progne, Chelidon, 215. 
Psalidoproene, liv, lxi, 601. 

■ albiceps, lix, 601, 624, 625, 630. 

antinorii, lxiii, 601, 615, 625, 


— chalybea, lxvi, 601, 609, 625, 

— eypselina, liv, 603. 

— fuliginosa, 601, 619, 625, 630. 

holomelaana, sli, liv, lv, lvi, 

601, 603, 625, 630. 

- — holomelas, 603. 

— melbina, 335. 

— nitens, 601, 611, 625, 630. 

— obscura, lvi, lxiv, 601, 607, 

623, 625, 630. 
— orientalis, lxvi, 601, 613, 625, 


— petiti, lxi, lxvi, 601, 613, 617, 
625, 630. 

pristoptera, liii, 601, 621, 

625, 630. 
Ptyonoprogne, 1, liv, 97. 

anderssoni, 1. 

concolor, 1, 123. 

fuligula, 1. 

nigrita, 317. 

obsoleta, 1, 111. 

pallida, lxi, 111. 

rufigula, 1. 

rupestris, 1, liv, 100. 

puella, Hirundo, lii, liii, lv, 210, 341, 

354, 418. 
Purple Martin, xxxi, 439. 

, Azara's, 469. 

, Caribbean, 465. 

, Darwin's, 463. 

, Patagonian, 459. 

, Western, 455. 

, White-bellied, 473. 

Swallow, xxxvii, 439. 

Swift, 439. 

purpurea, Hirundo, 439. 

, Progne, xxxiii, xxxiv, xxxvi, 

xxxvii, xxxix, xl, xli, slii, xlviii, 
lsvi, 437, 439, 455, 459, 473, 490. 

P3 - gochelidon, lis, 493. 

eyanoleuca, lis. 

pyrrholaBma, Hirundo, lii, 275. 

pyrrhonota, Cecropis, 525, 531. 

, Herse, 525. 



pyrrhonota, Hirundo, xli, xliv, xlv, 

xlvii, lii, 525, 531. 
, Petrochelidon, xxxviii, xxxix, 

xliv, xlvii, lxvi, 523, 531, 532, 

590, 598. 

Red-breasted Swallow, 395. 
Red-headed Swallow, xxxvii, xl, 577. 
Red-rumped Swallow, 347. 
Red-throated Rough-winged Swallow, 

republicana, Hirundo, xlvii, 531. 
riocouri, Cecropis, 237. 

, Hirundo, xlvii, 215, 237, 238. 

Riparia enropsea, xliii. 

riparia, Clivicola, 41, 45. 

, Cotile, xxxiii, xliv, xlvi, li, 41, 

43, 63, 94, 640, 641, 642, 643, 

644, 653. 

, Cotyle, xlix, 41, 44, 60, 65. 

, Hirundo, xxxii, xxxiv, xxxvi, 

xxxvii, xxxviii, xxxix, xliii, xlix, 

41, 43. 
■ , Riparia, xliv. 

robini, Hirundo, xlix. 
Rock-Martin, 99. 

, Andersson's, 119. 

, Dusky, 123. 

, Fischer's, 121. 

, Pale, 111. 

, Rufous-throated, 115. 

Rock -Swallow, xxxvii, xxxix, 99. 
Rough-winged Swallow, Antinori's, 


, Black, 603. 

, Blue, 621. 

, Cameroons, 609. 

, Eastern, 613. 

, Fantee, 607, 

, Johnston's, 619. 

, North-American, 635. 

, Petit's, 617. 

, Square-tailed, 611. 

, White-headed, 623. 

rufa, Cecropis, 254. 
, Hirundo, xxxix, 237, 249, 

ruficeps, Cecropis, 329. 

, Hirundo, xlvi, 329. 

ruficollaris, Hirundo, liii, 567. 
, Petrochelidon, 523, 567, 590, 

ruficollis, Cecropis, 647. 

ruficollis, Cotile, 647. 

, Cotyle, 647, 651. 

, Hirundo, xli, xliv, xlv, 647. 

, Petrochelidon, 569. 

-, Stolgidopteryx, xliv, xlvi, xlvii, 

xlix, 647, 655. 
rufifrons, Cecropis, 307. 
, Hirundo, xli, xliv, xlv, li, 303, 

rufigula, Biblis, 97, 121, 130, 134. 

, Cotile. lviii, 121. 

, Cotyle, 121. 

, Hirundo, 1, lxii, 571. 

, Petrochelidon, lxii, 523, 571, 

593, 598. 
, Ptyonoprogue, li. 

Rufous-and-black Swallow, 325. 
Rufous-bellied Swallow, xxxvii, 

xxxix, 253. 
Ptufous-headed Swallow, xxxvii, xl, 

Rufous-fronted Swallow, xlvi. 
Rufous-rumped Swallow, xxxix, xlv, 

Rufous- throated Rock-Martin, 115. 
rufula, Cecropis, 347. 
, Hirundo, xlix, 1, lxiii, 337, 

347, 354, 379, 399, 418. 
, Lillia, 347. 

rupestris, Biblis, lii, 97, 100, 129, 

, Chclidon, xlvi, xlix, 8, 9, 97. 

, Clivicola, 100. 

, Cotile, lxvi, 97, 100. 

, Cotyle, xlix, 97, 100. 

, Hirundo, xxxiv, xxxix, xliii, 


, Ptyonoprogue, 1, liv, 100. 

rupicola, Hirundo, xliii, 1, 100. 

rustica, Cecropis, 315. 

, Chelidon, 215. 

. Hirundo, xxxi, xxxiii, xxxiv, 

xxxv, xxxvii, xxxviii, xxxix, xli, 
xlii, xliii, xlv, xlvi, xlix, 1, li, lxiii, 
lxvi, Ixvii, 209, 213, 215, 217, 218, 
242, 249, 254, 272. 

rusticoides, Cecropis, 242. 

, Hirundo, liii. 

rutila, Hirundo, xliv. 

rutilus, Cypseloides, xliv, xlix. 

Salangane, La, xxxvi. 
Sand-Martin, xxxvii, xliii, 43. 

Sand-Martin, Brown-collared, 67. 
, Congo, 71. 

— , Deans Cowan's, 79. 

, Egyptian, 65. 

, Indian, 81. 

, Pale, 63. 

, Soudan, 77. 

, South-African, 73. 

saturata, Hirundo, lxiii, 249. 
savignii, Cecropis, 237. 

, Chelidon, 238. 

, Hirundo, xlv, xlvi, xlvii, xlix, 

Hi, 209, 215, 217, 218, 237, 249, 

scapularis, Hirundo, lv, 313. 
sclateri, Hirundo, lx, lxiii, 211, 409, 

426, 428. 
Sclater's Swallow, 409. ' 
scullii, Hirundo, lxiii, 347. 
semirufa, Hirundo, liv, lxiv, 211, 

395, 424, 428. 
Senegal Swallow, xxxvii. 
senegalensis, Cecropis, 399. 
, Hirundo. xxxii, xxxiii, xxxiv, 

xxxv, xxxvii, xl, lxiv, 211, 399, 

425, 428. 
Senegambian Chimney-Swallow, 297. 

Swallow, 297. 

septentrionalis, Chelidon, 9. 
serratipennis, Cotyle, Ivi. 
serripennis, Cotile, 635. 

, Cotyle, lvi, 635. 

, Hirundo, li, 635, 643. 

, Stelgidopteryx, lvii, lxvi, 635, 

642, 644, 653. 
Severn Swallow, xlvii. 
Sharp-tailed Swallow, xl. 
shelleyi, Clivicola, 41. 

, Cotile, lxiv, 41, 65, 94. 

sinensis, Clivicola, 41. 

, Cotile, 1, li, lxi, 41, 46, SI, 90. 


, Cotyle, xlvi, 41, 81. 

, Hirundo, xl, xlix, 81. 

Small African Mosque -Swallow, 381. 
Smaller Stripe - breasted Swallow, 

smithii, Cecropis, 329. 
, Hirundo, xlv, xlvi, 



lxiv, 329, 354, 416. 
Soudan Sand-Martin, 77. 
South-African Cliff-Swallow, 573. 
Sand-Martin, 73. 



South-American Green Swallow, 143. 
spilodera, Hirundo, liv, lxvi, 673. 

, Petrochelidon, liv, lv, 523, 573, 

593, 598. 
, Phedina, 573. 

spinicauda, Chaetura, xxxiv, xxxix. 

, Hirundo, xlvii. 

Square-tailed Bough-winged Swal- 
low, 611. 

St. Domingo Swallow, xxxvii, xl, 465. 

stabulorum, Cecropis, 215. 

Stelgidopteryx, lvii, lxi, 633. 

fulvigula, lix, 636, 651. 

fulvipennis, 636. 

ruficollis, xliv, xlv, xlvi, xlvii, 

xlix, 633, 647, 655. 

serripennis, lvii, lxvi, 633, 635, 

643, 653. 
— uropygialis, lviii, lix, 633, 649, 

651, 655. 
striolata, Cecropis, liii, 341, 361. 
, Hirundo, lii, lxiv, lxvi, 210, 

341, 361, 386, 420. 
, Lillia, 361. 

Stripe-breasted Swallow, Smaller, 

Striped Swallow, Bourbon, 201. 

, de Brazza's, 207. 

, Madagascar, 205. 

subfusca, Hirundo, lii, 275. 

, Phedina, 275. 

subis, Cecropis, 440. 

, Hirundo, xxxiv, xxxviii, xl, 


, Progne, lxvi, 440, 455. 

subsoccata, Cotile, 81. 

— , Cotyle, 81. 

, Hirundo, 1, 81. 

substriolata, Hirundo, 357, 361. 

, Lillia, lxii, 357. 

Supercilious Swallow, xlvii. 

swainsoni, Petrochelidon, xlviii, lvii, 
lxvi, 523, 555, 559, 592, 598. 

Swainson's Cliff-Swallo"w, 555. 

Swallow, 525. See also Cliff-Swal- 

, Albino, Ixvii. 

, Ambergris, xxxvii, xl. 

, American Chimney, 253. 

, Andean, 499. 

, Angola, 293. 

, Antinori's Bough-winged, 015. 

, Aoonalashka, xxxvii, xl. 

SwaUow, Ash-bellied, xxxvii, xl, 499. 
, Ashy-rumped Bough-winged, 






Australian, 289. 
Bahama, 185. 
Barn, xlvi. 
Black, xxxvii, xl. 
Black-coUared, 503. 
Black Bough-winged, 603. 
Blanford's, 307. 
Blue, xlvi, 319. 
Blue-and-white, 505. 
Blue Bough-winged, 621. 
Bourbon Striped, 201. 
Brazilian, xxxvii. 
Brown-ooUared, xxxvii, xl, 

Brunette, xlvi. 

Cameroons Bough - winged, 

Canada, xxxvii, 439. 
Cape, xxxvii, xxxix. 
Ceylonese Chestnut Mosque, 

Chalybeate, xxxvii, xl, 473. 
Chilian, 153. 

Chimney, xxxvii, xliii, 213, 
5, 253. 
Collared, xlvi. 
Common, xxxi. 
Coromandel, xlvi. 
Crag, xxxvii, xxxix. 
Crested, xlvi. 
Daurian, xxxvii. 

Mosque, 357. 

Dun-rumped, xlvi, 525. 

Dusky, xlvi. 

Eastern Chimney, lxvii, 241. 

Bough-winged, 613. 

Egyptian, 237. 

Elgon, 295. 

Esculent, xxxviii, xxxix. 

Fantee Bough-winged, 607. 

Fulvous, xlvi. 

Gordon's, 397. 

Great African Mosque, 399. 

Grey-rumped, xxxviii, xxxix. 

Guatemalan, 513. 

Hodgson's Mosque, 365. 

Indian Martin, xlvi. 

Jamaican, 407. 

Javan, xlvi, 279. 

Mosque, 361. 

Swallow, Johnston's Rough - winged, 

Klecho, xlvi. 

Large Bufous-headed, 337. 

Linchi, xlvi. 

Liu-Kiu, 289. 

Madagascar Striped, 205. 

Malayan ChestnutMosque, 393. 

Monteiro's, 403. 

North - American Bough- 

winged, 635. 

Otaheite, xxxvii, xxxix, 275. 

Pacific, 275. 

Panayan, xxxvii, xxxix, 241. 

Peruvian, xxxvii, xl. 

Petit's Bough-winged, 617. 

Pied, xlvi. 

Purple, xxxvii, 439. 

Quebec, xlvi. 

Bed-breasted, 395. 

Bed-headed, xxxvii, xl, 577. 

Eed-ruinped, 347. 

Bed- throated Bough -winged, 



Bock, xxxvii, xxxix, 99. 

Bufous-and-blaek, 325. 

Bufous-bellied, xxxviii, xxxix, 

Rufous-fronted, xlvi. 

Bufous-headed, xxxvii, xl. 

Bufous-neeked, xlvi. 

Rufous - rumped, xxxviii, 
xxxix, 531. 

Sclater's, 409. 

Senegal, xxxvii. 

Severn, xlvii. 

Sharp-tailed, xl. 

Small African, 381 . 

Smaller Stripe-breasted, 341. 

South-American Green, 143. 

Square-tailed Bough-winged, 

St. Domingo, xxxvii, xl, 465. 
Supercilious, xlvii. 
Sykes' Mosque, 371. 
Tawny-headed, 515. 
Tropical, 279. 
Tytler's, 249. 
Violet, xxxvii, xl, 439. 
Violet-and-green, 175. 
Wheat, xxxviii, xxxix, 201. 
White, xxxvii. 
White-banded, 495. 



Swallow, 'White-bellied, xxxvii, xl, 

155, 495. 

, White-bodied Chimney, 311. 

, White-breasted, 433. 

, White-collared, xl. 

, White-gorgeted, 317. 

, White-headed Hough-winged, 


, White-throated, 303. 

— ■ — , White-winged, xxxvii, xl, 139. 
, Wire-tailed, xlvi, 327. 

Swallows," supposed hibernation of, 

Swift, Chinese, xl. 

, Purple, 439. 

Sykes' Mosque-Swallow, 371. 

Taehycineta, liv, 137. 

albilinea, lix, lxii, 137, 188,196. 

■ albiventris, xxxiii, Ixvi, 137, 

139, 181, 196. 
bicolor, xlii, xlvi, xlvii, xlviii, 

lxii, 155, 189, 196. 
— cyaneoviridis, 137, 185, 193, 


euehrysea, 407. 

leueorrhous, xlvii, 1, lv, Ivi, 137, 

143, 187, 196. 

meyeni, 137, 153, 1S8, 196. 

thalassina, liv, 175. 

thalassinus, lxvi, 137, 175, 196, 

tahitioa, Chelidon, 275. 

, Herse, 275. 

, Hirundo, xxxvii, xxxix, xliii, 

Hi, ivi, lxvi, 209, 275, 300, 411. 
, Petrochelidon, 275. 

taitensis, Cecropis, 275. 

, Herse, 275. 

, Hirundo, 275. 

tapera, Cecropis, 479. 
, Cotyle, 479. 

tapera, Hirundo, xxxii, xxxiv, xxxvi, 

xl, xli, xliii, 479. 

, Petrochelidon, 479. 

, Phajoprogne, 479. 

, Progne, xlviii, 437, 479, 488, 

Tapere, La, xxxvi. 
Tawiiy-headed Swallow, 515. 
tectorum, Chelidon, 9. 
thalassina, Chelidon, 175. 

, Herse, 175. 

, Hirundo, xlviii, 175. 

, Petrochelidon, 175. 

, Taehycineta, 175, 191, 196. 

thalassinus, Cecropis, 175. 

, Taehycineta, liv, Lxvi, 175, 

191, 637. 
tibialis, Atticora, lv, 499, 501, 517, 


, Microchelidon, Iviii, 501. 

, Neochelidon, 501. 

, Petrochelidon, lv, 501. 

Timor Cliff-Swallow, 529. 
timoriensis, Petrochelidon, lxiv, 523, 

529, 593, 59S. 
torquata, Cotyle, 67. 

, Hirunde, xl, 67. 

Tree-Martin, 479. 

Tropical Swallow, 279. 

typica, Pristoptera, 621. 

tytleri, Chelidon, 249. 

, Hirundo, lix, lxiii, lxiv, lxvi, 

209, 217, 21S, 249, 272. 
Tytler's Chiixme3--Swallow, 249. 

unalaschkensis, Hirundo, xl. 

urbica, Chelidon, xxxiii, xlvi, xlix, 

lxiv, 5, 7, 9, 19, 25, 29, 38. 

, Chelidonaria, 5, 9. 

, Hirundo, xxxiv, xxxvi, xxxviii, 

xxxix, xliii, xlviii, 25. 
Uromitus, Ivi, 209. 

Uromitus filifera, 330. 

filiferus, 330. 

uropygialis, Cotyle, 651. 

, Stelgidopteryx, Iviii, lix, 651. 


varia, Hirundo, S. 
velocissima, Hirundo, 330. 
velox, Hirundo, xli, xliv, xlv. 
versicolor, Hirundo, xliv, 439. 
vespertina, Hirundo, lxi, 156. 
violacea, Cecropis, 440. 

, Hirundo, xl, 439. 

Yiolet Swallow, xxxvii, xl, 439. 
Violet-and-Green Swallow, 175. 
virescens, Hirundo, xliv. 
viridis, Chelidon, 155. 

, Hirundo, xlvii, 1, 155. 

vulgaris, Chelidon, 9. 

Waldenia, lxi, 209. 

, nigrita, lxi, 317. 

Western Purple Martin, 455. 

Wheat Swallow, xxxviii, 201. 

White Swallow, xxxvii. 

White-banded Swallow, 495. 

White-bellied Purple Martin, 47o. 

Swallow, xxxvii, xl, 155, 495. 

White-breasted Swallow, 433. 

White-bodied Chimney-Swallow, 311 . 

White-eollared Swallow, xl. 

White-gorgeted Swallow, 317. 

White-headed Hough-winged Swal- 
low, 623. 

White-rumped Cliff-Swallow, 525. 

White-throated Swallow, 303. 

White-winged Swallow, xxxvii, xl. 

whitelyi, Chelidon, Iviii, 25. 

Wire-tailed Swallow, xlvi, 327. 

zonaris, Cha?tura, xliv, xlvi. 


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